Presidency: Calls for Jihad against Army are Useless

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The presidency hailed on Tuesday the efforts of the Lebanese army in containing the clashes in the southern city of Sidon.

It said in a statement: “The calls for the soldiers to defect and others to wage jihad against the army will not yield their desired results.”

The army was granted political cover as soon as the clashes broke out, it added.

“President Michel Suleiman had called on soldiers to ignore political disputes that are taking place for political gain at the expense of the officers' lives,” it continued.

“The army has soldiers that are willing to make sacrifices regardless of how great they may be,” stressed the presidency statement.

“Lebanon is strong because it enjoys a brave military leadership that commits to political decisions,” it said.

Suleiman offered his condolences to the families of the victims of the Sidon clashes, expressing his support to Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji.

At least 16 soldiers were killed and 50 were wounded in two days of clashes with the armed supporters of Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir in Sidon.

More than 20 of al-Asir's supporters were killed, according to a security official.

Dozens of them were also arrested, but there was no sign of the cleric.

Comments 13
Default-user-icon dddd (Guest) 25 June 2013, 12:22

tayyeb call for Ziad !:P stupidos!

Thumb dasphinx 25 June 2013, 13:27

Two wrongs don't make a right. The answer to Hezbollah's illegal weapons is not opposing illegal weapons. The answer is the Lebanese army and a sovereign Lebanese government.

Thumb dasphinx 25 June 2013, 13:39

Wrong. They are illegal according to UN Resolution 1701. Since Lebanon signed on the UN Charter, these resolutions are binding to Lebanon. Also keep in mind that Hezbollah signed off on UN Res. 1701.

Default-user-icon mustapha o. ghalayini (Guest) 25 June 2013, 13:42

the army has now the srategical decision:

Missing idris_gray 25 June 2013, 18:17

so you guys have no legal or moral objections to a sunni sectarian militia forming in the name of "resistance" right?

Thumb Senescence 25 June 2013, 20:14

"Israel is the only state to be given a CONDITIONAL admission to the UN. Under General As sembly Resolution 273, Israel was admitted on the condition that it grant ALL Palestinians the right to return to their homes & receive compensation for lost or damaged property, according to General Assembly Resolution 194, paragraph 11. Suffice to say, Israel has never lived up to these terms, never intended to"

If this resolution was respected we would have saved millions of lives and generations worth of suffering, hate, and destruction.

Missing tourettes 25 June 2013, 13:37

Yes call for jihad against the army is useless cause as they( lebanese army )crushed n deleted fateh l islam completly from lebanon they are capable to confront all kind of extremism and jihad.long live the leb army.god be with you

Missing theobserver 25 June 2013, 13:48

check the comments of the fanatics on that video.
I m glad we got rid of them in Abra!

Thumb sophia_angle 25 June 2013, 15:54

where is Fadel?

Thumb beiruti 25 June 2013, 15:55

@mowatan. I checked out your video. These Tripoli guys are not ready for the 21st Century, maybe not even the 8th Century.
However, I am not ready to condemn a whole class of people because of the acts of a few. If we judge all Sunni by the standard of Asir, then there is no good Sunni. If we judge all Shia by the acts of Hassan Nasrallah, then the same for Shia, and pick your worst Christian and Druze and its the same.
There are good and bad in all groups. The good ones have a loyalty to the nation of Lebanon and to their fellow Lebanese regardless of the background, confessional or otherwise of their fellow Lebanese.
The bad ones, only find good in people like themselves and find only bad in those not like themselves. The confessional bigots, these are the ones not worth listening to, such as those in your video.

Thumb lebanon_first 25 June 2013, 16:08

stupid initiative from the presidency. The president should praise the army sacrifice and not give marketing to those stupid calls. These calls should be dealt with at judiciary level as high treason and attempt to create civil war. Not at president level.

Thumb Senescence 25 June 2013, 20:02

overseer, fadl is talking about the 2 soldiers he PERSONALLY killed; you stand corrected.

Missing VINCENT 25 June 2013, 21:06

So, basically the same soap opera that has been force fed in your cable TVs and satellite dishes which is a ironic since, I suspect, most of the Lebanese do not care about the religious differences/intolerance orchestrated to keep you from the truth and your right to prosper as a sovereign country. No wonder why some of the Lebanese want partition.