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Wikileaks “arabo”: Beirut (da al-Akhbar)

2010-12-02
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09BEIRUT177 Date13/02/2009 05:56 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(C) UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) Michael
Williams returned from consultations in Israel pleased with
the thorough discussions he had, he told the Ambassador
February 10. تتمة

ID09BEIRUT109 Date27/01/2009 04:16 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(S/NF) UNIIIC Commissioner Daniel Bellemare explained to
the Ambassador in a January 26 meeting the issues surrounding
the release or transfer to The Hague of the four generals
currently in Lebanese custody in connection with former PM
Rafiq Hariri’s assassination. تتمة

09BEIRUT30 Date08/01/2009 05:20 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(C/NF) SUMMARY: On January 8, 2009, Charge chaired a
meeting of the Emergency Action Committee (EAC) to discuss
the Embassy,s security posture in light of the current
situation in Gaza and the incident in which rockets were
fired from southern Lebanon into northern Israel earlier that
day. تتمة

08BEIRUT1543 Date29/10/2008 04:48 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(S) Ambassador Sison convened a meeting of Embassy
Beirut’s Emergency Action Committee (EAC) on October 29, 2008
to review security preparations for U.S Election Night
events. The following EAC members were present: AMB, DCM,
RSO, MGMT, INL, CONS, RAO, PD, POL/ECON. تتمة

08BEIRUT1506 Date21/10/2008 01:58 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(C) In an October 17 meeting with visiting USDP Edelman, a
confident new Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Commander Kahwagi
discussed his vision for the army as well as priority
equipment requirements. تتمة

08BEIRUT1489 Date15/10/2008 04:59 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(C) In a wide-ranging October 15 discussion with the
Ambassador, majority leader Saad Hariri said he anticipated
meeting Hizballah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah “soon,”
explaining that such a meeting would fulfill his own
political agenda by giving other Shia a green light to enter
into discussions with March 14. تتمة

08BEIRUT1451 Date07/10/2008 05:21 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(S/NF) In an October 3 meeting with the Ambassador, Daniel
Bellemare, Commissioner of the UN Independent Investigative
Commission (UNIIIC), was generally pleased with USG
assistance to date, and repeated a single request: that the
USG loan two criminal analysts who would work out of The
Hague (reftel). تتمة

08BEIRUT1450 Date07/10/2008 05:13 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(S) DCM convened a meeting of the Emergency Action
Committee (EAC) on October 7 to discuss the embassy’s
security posture in light of the latest threat information
and security arrangements for the upcoming Made in America
Expo in Beirut October 9-11 and related events. تتمة

08BEIRUT1441 Date03/10/2008 03:13 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(S) At 1030 hours of October 3, 2008, DCM convened a
meeting of the Emergency Action Committee (EAC) to discuss
the embassy’s security posture in light of the latest threat
information. The following EAC members were present during
the meeting: DCM, POL, RAO, RSO, AID, DAO, ODC, MGMT, CONS,
and INL. تتمة

08BEIRUT1417 Date29/09/2008 02:28 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(C) Two of President Michel Sleiman’s Senior Advisors who
accompanied him on his first official trip to the United
States reported that the President was pleased with his
visit, and with the clear message he received of continuing
U.S. political and military support for Lebanon. تتمة

08BEIRUT1414 Date29/09/2008 11:44 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(S) At 0900 hours of September 29, 2008, CDA William Grant
convened a meeting of the Core Emergency Action Committee
(EAC) to discuss the embassy’s security posture/move policy
in light of the bombing earlier in the day in the northern
city of Tripoli. تتمة

08BEIRUT1348 Date15/09/2008 02:18 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(S/NF) In a September 12 meeting with the Ambassador,
Daniel Bellemare, Commissioner of the UN Independent
International Investigative Commission (UNIIIC) made three
specific requests for USG assistance and additional requests
for USG action. تتمة

08BEIRUT1319 Date08/09/2008 03:05 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(C) In a September 8 meeting, a confident new Lebanese
Armed Forces (LAF) Commander Kahwagi told us about himself
and his positive past experiences with the U.S. Military. He
also told us that he looks forward to future bilateral
cooperation, to include the Joint Military Commission in
October 2008. تتمة

08BEIRUT1301 Date04/09/2008 03:48 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(C) In an August 29 meeting with a visiting DOD
delegation, a confident and open Acting Lebanese Armed Forces
Commander Masri explained the Army’s most pressing needs,
chief among them attack helicopters. تتمة

08BEIRUT1168 Date08/08/2008 03:43 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(C) In an August 6 meeting with visiting General David
Petraeus, President Michel Sleiman outlined three objectives
for his upcoming meeting with Syrian President Bashar Asad.
Most important, Sleiman said, is to initiate a diplomatic
exchange between the two countries. تتمة

08BEIRUT1133 Date01/08/2008 06:03 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(C) General Petraeus, Welcome to Lebanon. Your visit
provides another excellent opportunity to reinforce our
message of strong, continued U.S. government support for a
sovereign, independent, and democratic Lebanon. تتمة

08BEIRUT730 Date20/05/2008 07:00 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(SBU/NF) At 1645 hours on May 20, 2008, CDA convened a
meeting of the Emergency Action Committee (EAC). Present
were A/DCM, CON, DAO, LEGATT, MGMT, PD, Special Assistant,
RAO and RSO. Embassy has met all of the initial reverse
tripwires for standing down Embassy Beirut Logistical Support
Mission (EBLSM)–ref B. تتمة

08BEIRUT571 Date24/04/2008 04:58 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(S) Requesting a special meeting with Charge,
Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamadeh decried the
establishment of a complete fiber optics network by Hizballah
throughout Lebanon. تتمة

08BEIRUT523 Date16/04/2008 04:42 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(S) Requesting a special meeting with Charge,
Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamadeh decried the
establishment of a complete fiber optics network by Hizballah
throughout Lebanon. تتمة

08BEIRUT459 Date03/04/2008 10:43 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(S) In April 1 meetings with ASD Vickers and SOCCENT
Commander Mulholland, MinDef Murr outlined his vision for
transformation of the Lebanese Army to a more Special
Operations-capable force equipped with a Close Air Support
capability such as attack helicopters. تتمة

08BEIRUT408 Date19/03/2008 03:30 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(S) At 1430 hours of March 18, 2008, Charge Sison convened
a meeting of the Core Emergency Action Committee (EAC).
Present were CDA, RSO, POL, DAO, CONS and RAO. تتمة

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(S) In a March 10 meeting with Charge, MinDef Murr
expressed his growing concern that a Hizballah war with
Israel is imminent. His assessment is based upon recent
Hizballah preparations, reported movement of families, and
the precipitous increase in Israeli overflights of Lebanon. تتمة

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(C) Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea conveyed his
thoughts to the Charge on the political impasse shortly
before departing on his three-week trip to the U.S. He
believes Lebanon should boycott the March 29-30 Arab League
summit in Damascus if no president is elected. تتمة

08BEIRUT285 Date22/02/2008 01:44 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Head

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(S) At 1730 hours of February 21, 2008, Charge Sison
convened a meeting of the Core Emergency Action Committee
(EAC). Present were DCM, RSO and GRPO. تتمة

08BEIRUT283 Date21/02/2008 03:28 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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Security concerns weighed heavily on Druse leader
Walid Jumblatt during a February 22 meeting with the Charge.
He sought U.S. assistance in persuading Saad Hariri to
discuss recent Sunni-Shia clashes with Amal leader Nabih
Berri, pointing to an upcoming Hizballah rally as another
source of potential friction. تتمة

08BEIRUT264 Date19/02/2008 12:31 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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(S/NF) In the course of a February 11 meeting with the
Charge (Ref A), majority leader Saad Hariri and advisor
Ghattas Khoury provided anecdotal information regarding
alleged financial transactions of Rami Maklouf and Syrian
Directory of Military Intelligence Asef Shawket. They
alleged that Maklouf had assisted Syrian President Bashar
Asad in moving funds out of Syria to Dubai. تتمة

08BEIRUT251 Date15/02/2008 12:48 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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Under Secretary of Defense Edelman delivered the
President’s personal letter to Prime Minister Fouad Siniora
during their meeting in Beirut on February 12. The Prime
Minister was grateful for the letter, saying he was pleased
to see such “strong and firm support on many important
issues. تتمة

08BEIRUT237 Date14/02/2008 04:56 OriginEmbassy Beirut ClassificationSECRET//NOFORN Header

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Two days after the February 12 Damascus car bomb
attack that killed senior Hizballah commander Imad Mughnieh,
theories abound in Beirut on who was behind the assassination
and why. The timing of the killing also cannot be ignored,
occurring just two days before the third anniversary of the
assassination of former PM Rafiq Hariri and a March 14
commemorative rally in downtown Beirut. تتمة

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