Officials Denounce Assault against Army in Arsal

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Officials and spiritual leaders condemned on Tuesday a deadly attack that targeted three soldiers in the town of Wadi Hmeid in the eastern border town of Arsal, considering it as an attempt to create sedition in the country.

President Michel Suleiman called for striking with an iron fist all those who attack the army and security forces.

He told Army chief Gen. Jean Qahwaji that the attack was part of terrorist activities aimed at creating strife in the country.

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati said that the assault would not deter the authorities in defending Lebanon's sovereignty.

In a telephone conversation with Qahwaji, Miqati said: “Any attack on the army will not deter us from going ahead with preserving security and defending Lebanon’s sovereignty and independence.”

He stressed that the Lebanese people back the army “at this difficult stage.”

Armed men killed three Lebanese soldiers overnight and headed in their hummer to the Syrian territories.

Miqati said the government and the Higher Defense Council had given the army the authority to take the appropriate measures against such attacks.

He condoled Qahwaji on the death of the soldiers.

Furthermore, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri denounced, in a phone call with Qahwaji, the attack reiterating full support to the army and extending condolences to the families of the deceased soldiers.

“All the Lebanese denounce the horrific crime, which is an indicator and warning of upcoming dangers threatening national peace,” he said.

“The situation requires vigilance and wisdom on the part of political factions, and the army should be allowed to practice its duties in preserving civil peace,” said Hariri, stressing the necessity to distance Lebanon from the Syrian crisis.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea later condemned the attack, urging against exploiting the incident for petty political interests.

Hizbullah later issued a statement on Tuesday condemning the attack, saying that it tantamount to an assault against all Lebanese.

“It targets their security and fate because it was directed against an institution that guarantees this security,” it said.

It therefore announced its “complete solidarity” with the army, calling on the Lebanese people to support it and demanding that the concerned authorities take the necessary measures to avert similar attacks from taking place in the future.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani also condemned the assault against the army in a telephone call to Qahwaji and caretaker Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn.

He said in a statement: “The assault and the daily security incidents are part of attempts to create strife and chaos in Lebanon, especially since the army and security forces are all that are left of Lebanon's state institutions that are capable of maintaining its stability and safety.”

Later, Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel denounced the attack against the army in Arsal, describing it as an “attempt to dirupt the role of the military and to intimidate it.”

He warmed from politically exploiting the assault, pointing out that the army should be granted the “full political cover to enable it to carry out its national role amid these delicate conditions.”

Comments 5
Thumb primesuspect 28 May 2013, 18:24

Outside the state within the state? Aha!!!! You just got caught.

Missing plantmorecedar 28 May 2013, 22:37

PART 1: Flamethrower, sometimes I wonder how people can hold on to the smallest details and freely dissociate it with the bigger picture at hand.

True, some areas of Arsal are pro rebel, but just as true is that large parts are still controlled by hizbullah. Militarily speaking, Arsal is not controlled by the FSA or any other pro-rebel entity, and the borders are not armed by pro FSA militants. There are elements of FSA-support, such as smuggling, what is vaguely understood as "routes for personnel entry" (All of them are actively controlled by Hizbullah or the army) and civilian camps willing to house injured FSA. no LARGE group of FSA foreign fighters or any other foreign rebel group has ever entered through Lebanon's borders, this is an undeniable fact that would greatly discredit hizbullah if it ever became true.

Missing plantmorecedar 28 May 2013, 22:43

Hizbullah controls the area, no matter how much you like to think that a popular uprising across a border, across undeveloped terrain and over mountains, with mostly door to door ammunition and weaponry is able to wrest a heavily armed, and civilian supported militia from land that is not only easily defendable, but a very bad idea to control when your supply lines are hundreds of miles away.

Now to cover another point. If you believe that a local group is responsible for the actions committed, what does the FSA have to gain from killing Lebanese soldiers positioned, not in any way to interrupt a usable supply route, deep within Lebanese territory, with the possible repercussion of more reinforcements in the area and adversity towards the FSA?

Missing plantmorecedar 28 May 2013, 23:01

The army cannot sustain anything really. It's just the uniforms and cohesiveness that has been doing the job. We could be training them to be effective in Logistics, crowd control and maneuvers, but instead invest in weaponry and over-inflated NCO corp that have poor engagement doctrines, discipline and tactical leadership. The lebanese army however is better adapt at defending, which is a good thing considering that most artillery is immobile after an enemies first wave of attack, and could out hold hizbullah in conventional attacks with possibly the same loss rates (the loss rate is just a guess)

Missing plantmorecedar 28 May 2013, 23:02

Sorry, I just realized that you were asking a rhetorical question, my bad the1phoenix