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February 3, 1991 | United Press International
Muslim militias and Palestinian rebels will cede control of Lebanon's embattled southern region to Lebanese army troops, who are under orders to defend their positions "even if they come under Israeli fire," an official said Saturday. The troops are to deploy in the troubled area along the Israeli border by Thursday, ending 15 years of militia and Palestinian control, Cabinet minister Mohammed Beydoun said. "A brigade of some 3,000 soldiers backed by tanks will be deployed . . .
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December 3, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi and Meris Lutz, Los Angeles Times
United States officials collaborated with Lebanon's defense minister to spy on and allow Israel to potentially attack Hezbollah in the weeks that preceded a violent May 2008 military confrontation in Beirut that consolidated the Iranian-backed Shiite militant group's power in the country, leaked diplomatic cables suggest. According to classified U.S. State Department dispatches provided to news organizations by WikiLeaks, the American military flew planes over Lebanon in 2008 to identify Hezbollah positions and provide the information to friendly elements within the Lebanese government, specifically the Ministry of Defense.
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January 3, 1991 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Israeli-funded militia known as the South Lebanon Army reaffirmed its independence of the Lebanese government Wednesday but indicated that if Syrian dominance of Beirut ever ends, the militia will consider dealing with the central government. The commander of the South Lebanon Army, Maj. Gen. Antoine Lahad, declared that he has no intention of taking orders from the newly strengthened Beirut government of President Elias Hrawi until it shows that it is free of Syrian control.
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May 25, 1993 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two squads of Israeli paratroopers, patrolling the hills of southern Lebanon early Monday, mistook each other for pro-Iranian guerrillas in the pre-dawn darkness and fought fiercely until four of their number were killed and three more wounded in one of the Israeli army's bloodiest incidents of fatal "friendly fire." The deaths sent virtually all Israel into mourning.
WORLD
December 3, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi and Meris Lutz, Los Angeles Times
United States officials collaborated with Lebanon's defense minister to spy on and allow Israel to potentially attack Hezbollah in the weeks that preceded a violent May 2008 military confrontation in Beirut that consolidated the Iranian-backed Shiite militant group's power in the country, leaked diplomatic cables suggest. According to classified U.S. State Department dispatches provided to news organizations by WikiLeaks, the American military flew planes over Lebanon in 2008 to identify Hezbollah positions and provide the information to friendly elements within the Lebanese government, specifically the Ministry of Defense.
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May 25, 1993 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two squads of Israeli paratroopers, patrolling the hills of southern Lebanon early Monday, mistook each other for pro-Iranian guerrillas in the pre-dawn darkness and fought fiercely until four of their number were killed and three more wounded in one of the Israeli army's bloodiest incidents of fatal "friendly fire." The deaths sent virtually all Israel into mourning.
NEWS
June 24, 1987
Kidnapers in Beirut freed Ali Osseiran, the son of Lebanon's defense minister and his police driver, but there was no sign of American journalist Charles Glass, Osseiran family sources said. They said that Ali and the policeman arrived at the Osseiran house in Rmeileh near the south south Lebanese port town of Sidon early this morning. At least a dozen gunmen seized the three south of Beirut on June 17.
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June 25, 1987 | Associated Press
Syria warned Wednesday that it will crack down on "terrorists who kidnap and hold innocent diplomats and journalists." The warning came after Muslim extremists released the son of Lebanon's defense minister and his driver after a week of captivity but failed to free American journalist Charles Glass. "Their strongholds are not impenetrable," said a commentary broadcast by Syria's state radio and distributed by its official news agency. "They shall be reckoned with."
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April 3, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Syria distanced itself from a top Lebanese official's suggestion that Syrian troops might be deployed at the Israeli-Lebanese border after an Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon. Lebanese Defense Minister Ghazi Zaytar's remarks had alarmed Israel. However, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk Shareh, on a visit to Beirut, made it clear that Syria did not endorse Zaytar's suggestion.
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June 19, 1987 | Associated Press
Lebanon's defense minister today accused the Shia Muslim group Hezbollah of kidnaping his son and American newsman Charles Glass, and Syria demanded the immediate release of both men. Syrian officers contacted the leadership of Hezbollah, or Party of God, overnight and "firmly demanded the quick release" of Glass, 36, and Ali Osseiran, 40, sources said.
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February 3, 1991 | United Press International
Muslim militias and Palestinian rebels will cede control of Lebanon's embattled southern region to Lebanese army troops, who are under orders to defend their positions "even if they come under Israeli fire," an official said Saturday. The troops are to deploy in the troubled area along the Israeli border by Thursday, ending 15 years of militia and Palestinian control, Cabinet minister Mohammed Beydoun said. "A brigade of some 3,000 soldiers backed by tanks will be deployed . . .
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January 3, 1991 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Israeli-funded militia known as the South Lebanon Army reaffirmed its independence of the Lebanese government Wednesday but indicated that if Syrian dominance of Beirut ever ends, the militia will consider dealing with the central government. The commander of the South Lebanon Army, Maj. Gen. Antoine Lahad, declared that he has no intention of taking orders from the newly strengthened Beirut government of President Elias Hrawi until it shows that it is free of Syrian control.
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