Chronology: Lebanon

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Chronology: Lebanon


See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Egypt, Israel, Syria

July 21: The Lebanese Army arrested ten people it believed were planning to attack UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon and targets outside Lebanon. Those arrested were also accused of starting terrorist networks and moving wanted members of the jihadist group Fatah al-Islam from refugee camps. It was not clear if the accused were members of Fatah al-Islam. [Al-Jazeera, 7/21]

Aug. 19: Taha Hajj Sulayman, a fugitive member of the Islamic militant group Fatah al-Islam was recaptured east of Beirut a day after he escaped from a high-security prison. [BBC, 8/19]

Sept. 4: Salah 'Azzadin, a prominent Lebanese businessman, declared bankruptcy and was detained after allegedly losing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of investors' money. 'Azzadin reportedly had very close ties with top Hizbullah officials, and many of the thousands whose investments were lost were connected to the organization. Hizbullah leader Hasan Nasrallah denied any involvement by the organization, its leadership, or its members. [Ya Libnan, 9/5, AP, 9/8]

Sept. 8: The cabinet proposed by Prime Minister-Designate Sa'd al-Hariri was rejected by the opposition parties. Al-Hariri had presented the names of his proposed cabinet ministers to President Michel Sulayman the previous day without seeking the agreement of the rival factions. Michel Aoun, leader of the Christian opposition, called upon his party members to resign from their cabinet positions. [Al-Jazeera, 9/8]

Sept. 10: Prime Minister-Designate Sa'd al-Hariri announced that he would be stepping down, ending a ten week effort to form a unity government. …

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