Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Lebanon

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Lebanon

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Oct. 19: A massive car bomb in Beirut killed eight, including Wisam al-Hasan, the head of the Internal Security Force. Hasan led an investigation that linked Hizbullah and Syria to late prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri's 2005 assassination, leading some to accuse Syria of backing the bombing. [Reuters, 10/19]

Oct. 22: Riots erupted at Brigadier General Wisam al-Hasan's state funeral after angry mourners attacked Prime Minister Najib Miqati's building during the funeral procession. Opposition leaders blamed the official's death on a Syrian government-Hizbullah cooperation and accused Miqati of remaining too close to Hizbullah and the Syrian regime. Troops were also deployed in Beirut and Tripoli in response to additional clashes. [Reuters, 10/21]

Oct. 23: After deployment to areas of Beirut and Tripoli, the Lebanese army organized a ceasefire between the Sunni and 'Alawi residents of Tripoli. Violence broke out in reaction to the fighting in Syria, feeding fears that the turmoil had spilled into Lebanon. Ten people died and 35 suffered injuries during the two nights of clashes. [Reuters, 10/23]

Oct. 28: Lebanese authorities arrested two Malaysian men on charges of terrorism and links to al-Qa'ida. The men were apprehended on their way to Syria to fight against Asad. According to reports, Islamists gradually increased their role and presence in the rebellion. [Reuters, 10/28]

Nov. 11: A shootout between the Sunni supporters of a Salafipreacher and Shi'a supporters of Hizbullah leftfour people dead in a Palestinian refugee camp in the southern city of Sidon. …

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