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Tour of Beirut's divided streets

Tour of Beirut's divided streets | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
More than 20 years after the Lebanese civil war ended, Beirut is still split into political and sectarian enclaves.
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Syrian refugees give firsthand account of slide into bloodshed

Syrian refugees give firsthand account of slide into bloodshed | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In a rocky valley at the northern tip of Lebanon , three generations of a Syrian farming family cluster around a small gas heater in the derelict schoolhouse that has become their refuge.
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Syria's wounded make perilous trek for medical care

BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon (Reuters) - The elderly Lebanese doctor gets a text message: Your bag of eggplants is ready.He jumps in his jeep and races into the foothills on the Syrian border, searching for...
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French accusations put Syria's allies in spotlight

BEIRUT (Reuters) - France says it believes Syria was behind an attack on U.N. peacekeepers in south Lebanon.
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Will Hizballah’s Support for Syria Lead To Its Downfall?

Will Hizballah’s Support for Syria Lead To Its Downfall? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
World leaders are often obliged to walk a thin line between national interest and the projection of a state’s moral values. The Arab Spring effectively put an end to the West’s balancing act as Europe and the U.S.
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Syria: The view from next door

Syria: The view from next door | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The BBC's Jim Muir looks at how Syria's neighbours are reacting to the crisis and how the various outcomes might affect them.
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Mass rally in Lebanon to denounce Syria, Hezbollah

Mass rally in Lebanon to denounce Syria, Hezbollah | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

TRIPOLI, Lebanon — Tens of thousands of supporters of Lebanon's anti-Syrian opposition gathered in the Sunni stronghold of Tripoli on Sunday to denounce the regime in Damascus and its Shiite ally Hezbollah.

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Free Syria Army gathers on Lebanese border

Free Syria Army gathers on Lebanese border | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Rebels say conflict is now inevitable – and government forces are hedging their bets...
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Standing by Assad, Lebanon's Alawites wait and watch

Standing by Assad, Lebanon's Alawites wait and watch | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

TRIPOLI, Lebanon — In the impoverished Jabal Mohsen area of the port city of Tripoli in north Lebanon, a small Alawite community is watching anxiously as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fights to stay in power.

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Assad troops plant land mines on Syria-Lebanon border

Assad troops plant land mines on Syria-Lebanon border | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Mines are aimed at preventing weapons smuggling, but - as Syrians flee - mines suggest Assad regime is trying to contain a crisis that is spinning out of control.
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Syria's uprising creeps across Lebanese border

Syria's uprising creeps across Lebanese border | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A recent slew of Syrian incursions into eastern Lebanon have stirred up rivalries between Lebanese who support the Assad regime and those who resent its interference in Lebanese affairs.
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Lebanon Hariri tribunal to try Hezbollah suspects in absentia

Lebanon Hariri tribunal to try Hezbollah suspects in absentia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Lebanese militant group denies four of its men were involved in the 2005 bombing that killed ex-Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
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Report: Lebanon army stops weapons truck bound for Syria

Report: Lebanon army stops weapons truck bound for Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Lebanese army seizes vehicle 140 kilometers north of Beirut; Lebanese news agency reports weapons were to be smuggled into Syria-Lebanon border towns.
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Wounded Syrian refugees describe firefight, siege

Wounded Syrian refugees describe firefight, siege | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Most of the Syrian refugees recovering in a Lebanese hospital are from small towns near the border. Their stories illustrate the perils facing many Syrians as Assad's regime cracks down.
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Lebanon Smolders

Lebanon Smolders | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Yesterday, a rocket fired from southern Lebanon missed its target in Israel. Instead it wounded a Lebanese woman, hinting at a possible pattern of things to come. While Hezbollah contends that its weapons are to protect Lebanon from Israel, the reality is that the arms used to defend the resistance’s patrons Iran and Syria are likely to cause Lebanon yet more suffering.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: The New Lebanon!

The world has waited too long it seems, the window of opportunity for ousting the Assad regime at the minimal possible cost for all is closing rapidly, if it hasn’t already. Now we have to deal with the prospect of lebanonization in Syria, and just in time for Christmas! Thank you Santa!

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France points finger at Syria for Lebanon attack

France points finger at Syria for Lebanon attack | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
PARIS (Reuters) - France's Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Sunday Paris believed Syria was behind attacks on its troops in Lebanon earlier this week.A roadside bomb wounded five French peacekeepers...
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Can Hezbollah Cope With A Changing Middle East?

While the Middle East undergoes fast-paced, dramatic social and political change, Hezbollah has been trying its best to shield itself from the process that has been redefining the balance of power and reshuffling the political cards in the...
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The Arabs Gang Up Against Syria: Stop the Killing Or Foreigners May Intervene

The Arabs Gang Up Against Syria: Stop the Killing Or Foreigners May Intervene | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Damascus is more isolated than ever and beset by more biting sanctions.
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Hezbollah Waits and Prepares

Hezbollah Waits and Prepares | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
With new tensions over Iran's nuclear program, Hezbollah stands ready to retaliate against Israel. By Nicholas Blanford.
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Revolutionary road: Among the Syrian opposition

Revolutionary road: Among the Syrian opposition | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

After meeting with Assad loyalists and opponents in Lebanon last week, it is clear that the Syrian uprising’s third phase will be not only more violent but could be a decisive one. Free Syrian Army (FSA) commanders told me that they are gearing up for direct confrontation in coming months with the forces loyal to President Assad, regardless of whether they have the support of a foreign intervention.

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Syrian refugees find little cheer on Muslim feast

Syrian refugees find little cheer on Muslim feast | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
WADI KHALED, Lebanon (Reuters) - On the last Muslim holiday in August, 10-year-old Sindous fled on foot with her family from the shelling and bloodshed in Syria's town of Tel Kalakh, where her father was...
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Syrian army 'laying mines on Lebanese border'

Syrian army 'laying mines on Lebanese border' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Unnamed Lebanese official says Syrian troops planting mines to stem arms smuggling as eight more killed in crackdown.
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Syria holds former VP incommunicado, daughter says

ALEY, Lebanon (AP) — A former Syrian vice president who became one of the country's most prominent dissidents was kidnapped in Lebanon five months ago while visiting his daughter and is believed to be secretly imprisoned by the Syrian regime as it tries to crush a 7-month-old uprising, his daughter and Lebanese police said.

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Assad, his raids on Lebanon, and Syria's slow slip into civil war

Assad, his raids on Lebanon, and Syria's slow slip into civil war | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Cross-border tank incursions; four Syrian opponents of the Damascus regime kidnapped in Lebanon, supposedly in a vehicle belonging to the Syrian embassy in Beirut; a truckload of ammunition and rocket-propelled grenades destined for President...
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