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July 19, 2006
Re "U.S. Rescue Bogs Down in Lebanon," July 18 Much as our government dragged its feet in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we see it predictably incapable of dealing with Israel's calculated assault on the Lebanese civilian infrastructure, placing scores of Americans (not to mention Lebanese and other civilians) in harm's way. Interesting is the State Department's public announcement that if and when our fellow citizens are able to reach Cyprus, there will be no free ride home.
April 9, 2005 | Natasha Lee, Times Staff Writer
Two months ago, Asad Farah of Hacienda Heights got the terrible news that his older brother was among 19 killed, along with former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, in a massive explosion on a seaside street in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The bombing, presumably targeting Hariri, triggered tumultuous demonstrations and other events in Lebanon. Fears have grown about a renewed civil war, and Syria has faced pressure to end its long military occupation of its neighbor.
June 26, 2003 | From Associated Press
Some members of a disbanded Lebanese militia that fought alongside Israel during its lengthy occupation of southern Lebanon will become guards on Israeli buses, trying to stop Palestinian suicide attacks, an official said Wednesday. Avner Ovadia, a Transportation Ministry spokesman, said the former fighters will help identify and apprehend would-be bus bombers.
December 31, 1992 | JOSH GETLIN
It's been little more than a year since Joseph Cicippio was released by kidnapers in Beirut, and he's been on the go ever since. The Norristown, Pa., native has made appearances at countless public events, appeared on TV with other former hostages and is working on his memoirs. Occasionally, he shows the strain of five years in captivity, but Cicippio is determined to put a positive spin on his new life. He and his wife, Elham, are scheduled to bring 40 Lebanese orphans to Friday's Rose Parade.
May 21, 1995
In reference to the article "Gang Raid Leaves Some Bad Feelings" (April 5), I wish to make the following observation: The spokesman for Police Chief Willie Williams was unfair in comparing certain crime-ridden L.A. neighborhoods to Beirut, Lebanon. I would have bypassed those erroneous comments about a city that enjoys peace and order had they not triggered irrelevant and unfortunate polemics, as if Beirut itself and not the crime-ridden area were the issue. I definitely understand the concern and reasons for making this comparison, because we went through a difficult ordeal.
August 12, 1985 | From Reuters
Another 100 of the Lebanese detainees whose release was demanded by the TWA hijackers in June are to be freed Tuesday, leaving about 250 Lebanese in Atlit prison, a military spokesman said. Shia Muslim hijackers of the TWA plane in Beirut had demanded that Israel immediately release all the detainees in return for 39 American hostages. Israel freed 300 detainees from Atlit on July 3 and 100 on July 24.
July 3, 1986 | Associated Press
Lebanese Christians and Muslims, who have been fighting each other in an 11-year-old civil war, united in a general strike today against raging inflation that is destroying the remnants of their nation's economy.
June 20, 2004 | From Associated Press
Kidnappers on Saturday released the last of five Lebanese workers taken captive in Iraq, a Foreign Ministry official said. George Frendo, a construction worker, was taken hostage June 13. "He is in good health," said Butros Asaker, who heads the political department in the Lebanese Foreign Ministry. Asaker would not say whether a ransom had been paid for Frendo, who was released in Baghdad. "The important thing is that he is free," he said.
Arsonist or fireman? Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati played both roles Tuesday in talks with Lebanese officials regarding support for the resistance groups operating in south Lebanon. Velayati's visit to the Lebanese capital fueled the flames of the pro-Iranian Hezbollah (Party of God) as Israeli warplanes and helicopter gunships attacked suspected guerrilla bases and homes of officials of the militant fundamentalist group.
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