Army fully capable of engaging in tough battles with terrorists, says chief

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KahwajiLebanon Army chief General Jean Kahwaji stressed on Thursday that the military is  well equipped to engage in fierce  battles with terrorists in the northeastern border town of Arsal

He revealed  that the United States and France will provide the institution with additional  aid to deal with terrorism .

“We have all the essential equipment  to engage in a long and fierce battle with the terrorists,” Kahwaji said in comments published by  the lebanese  daily As Safir newspaper

He denied  that the army lacked the essential equipment required to deal with  the Arsal clashes.

He also revealed that   the U.S. accelerated the pace of delivery of  the military aid to the army.

Asked about the  $3 billion deal financed by Saudi Arabia  and the addition $1 billion Saudi grant for the army, Kahwaji  stressed that the delay in receiving the French arms was due to  bureaucracy and routine paperwork but the army has already started purchasing arms under the $1 billion grant .

Last August, former PM and Future Movement leader MP  Saad Hariri announced that Saudi Arabia, would grant  Lebanon $1 billion to shore up the army and security forces against jihadists , in addition to   Saudi Arabia’s   $3-billion package of French military equipment and arms that was announced towards the end of 2013

He stressed  that Army  units deployed in the Bekaa town  controlled all crossings and roads between Arsal and its outskirts.

Arsal lies 12 kilometers from the border with Syria and has been used as a conduit for weapons and rebels to enter Syria, while also serving as a refuge for people fleeing the conflict in the neighboring country.

The town  witnessed clashes in August between the army and Islamist militants from Syria prompted by the arrest of a member of the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front.

Tens of thousands of  Syrian refugees have taken shelter in the Bekaa town, where many residents sympathize with the Syrian uprising against President Bashar Assad.

 

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174 responses to “Army fully capable of engaging in tough battles with terrorists, says chief”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    It’s not just at Arsal there are problems ….

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar

      More dangerous than IS is Korassan the Afghan veteran, Ben Laden friend, because they’re focused on attacking outside. I was saying, we’re not on the ground to see, these groups shift like the desert’s sands..
      http://rt.com/usa/189448-khorasan-terrorist-qaeda-isis-syria/#.VCQ10vAxRr4.twitter

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    New BOMB just went off in Tripoli …. probably whacking at the LAF again …

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      And now, as one of my Ladies describes it … WAR IN TRIPOLI Tonight.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Hind recommends Lebanese refugees go to Germany. I agree …. seems the right moment, for sure. 🙂 Ein Prosit !!! Oktoberfest Grande …
        2 Olympic-sized swimming pools of it last year ….
        “It all helps wash down the salty giant soft pretzels, dumplings, pork and grilled sausages that provide the customary hearty accompaniment.”

        1. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
          Comtessa di Alba

          Hind didn’t recommend nothing there no Lebanese refugees..Gute nacht. Kraust

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            All in Tripoli will be refugees soon … it’s a different country. ;-))

          2. Leborigine Avatar

            Lebanese from different point of views

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar

            I like the Skiing Tribe.

        2. Leborigine Avatar

          I go to Oktoberfest every year in Hahndorf, South Australia. Lebanese who are depressing and cannot have a good time or are trouble makers are not welcome 🙂

          1. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
            Comtessa di Alba

            HaHa…!

      2. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Turned out it was ‘Celebrations’ that some dork got out of jail … I think ….

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Latest from an Idiot …
          BEIRUT: Hezbollah opposes Lebanon’s participation in the U.S-led international coalition fighting terrorism, the group’s leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Tuesday during a televised speech.
          “We are against Lebanon taking part in a U.S.-led coalition,” he said. “The U.S. isn’t qualified to lead an anti-terrorism coalition.”
          Nasrallah argued that some countries in the anti-terrorism coalition were still supporting, funding and arming terrorist groups, including ISIS. He added that Lebanon was strong. “The Lebanese people are able to defend and protect their country from terrorist threats,” he said.
          Errr … yah .. really …. what a dork.
          (Does he ever visit Tripoli?? Or just send ….)
          Read more: http://dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Sep-23/271720-hezbollah-opposes-lebanons-membership-in-the-international-coalition-fighting-isis-nasrallah.ashx#ixzz3EAhc2GWP

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Meanwhile … the Muslim Scholars speak up … :-)))

            BEIRUT: The March 8 coalition is responsible for the terrorism plaguing Lebanon the Committee of Muslim Scholars said Tuesday, calling on Hezbollah withdraw from Syria and the militants spread across the northeastern border to return to Syria.
            “We reiterate our call to the so-called Hezbollah fighters to withdraw immediately from Syria, and we call on Syrian fighters immediately withdraw to Syria, where the real battle is,” said a statement issued by the committee in north Lebanon.
            “A political team [March 8] which supports the need for alliance with the terrorist [Syrian President Bashar] Assad cannot be honest in the fight against terrorism,” the scholars said.

            Read more: http://dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Sep-23/271670-muslim-scholars-lay-blame-on-march-8-coalition-for-terrorism-plaguing-lebanon.ashx#ixzz3EAiXCNcw

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Another amazing old ‘palace’ to fill in the page bottom. ‘Amer’

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            “Land of Kings” or “Land of Kingdoms” …. Rajasthan.
            (Might as well throw these in down here too … A friend of mine is there now … I think he’s crazy, but then, he’s a Mexican. )

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Daily Star is getting excited just talking about what’s going on … :-))))
    “”The Army is committed to its right to use all means available and will not hesitate to strike terrorist groups anywhere on Lebanese terrorist regardless of the sacrifices.”
    The crackdown comes a day after a roadside bomb targeted an Army patrol unit in Arsal, killing two Lebanese soldiers whose bodied were handed over to their families Saturday.”
    (The English is atrocious 😉

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Since there are no more ‘news items’ about what’s going on in Lebanon, you might wish to take a couple of hours to run through all the content on this site … and have a view of a country with at least the same electricity as Lebanon (maybe better) … to see just how badly minds can be warped closed in the ‘collective’ sense – if the ‘programming’ is consistent and done for only some few generations, let alone for 3000 years. Korea, North.
    http://all-that-is-interesting.com/north-korea-photographs?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=outbrainprem1#1

    1. The real lebanese Avatar
      The real lebanese

      Thank God Lebanon doesn’t have to deal with food shortages as well

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Only the price of it … until winter, at least.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          But Korea has a better supply of one item … and water to boil it in.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Although, it is not much different to this story from January … but it still seems Korea has better grass.
            http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-25916804

    2. Leborigine Avatar

      Here you go, some fresh news from Down Under. Teenager shot dead for stabbing police and carrying ISIS Flag

      http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/one-dead-two-stabbed-in-endeavour-hills-20140923-3gfsr.html

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Beginning to take the Caliph’s directives seriously, are they?

        1. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
          Comtessa di Alba
          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Well Hind …. Who knew ‘Immigration’ could be such a pain, eh?

            Seems Aussies also allowed to be set up, the Ghettos that inevitably result in tribal warfare among specific groups of immigrants – who don’t cause many problems for people outside their ghetto until a generation or two have passed, and a ‘business’ of the gangs must expand.
            I can give examples such as the Chinese and their Congs. The Italians and their Mafia. The Jamaicans and the drug trades from Latin America. Gangs who operate within small communities which are USED to their presence or control, and allow the importing of the crimes as they immigrate because they cannot adequately explain that old problem to the host country early or easily enough. (One of those ‘cultural’ things …)
            Ghettos form, both for community ‘feeling’, and due to language problems.
            (Only 250 English words are needed to get by in a modern city here.)
            Beyond the money-grabs of the gangs, Religious communities have the extra problems of trying to blend in strange cultures and their philosophies – but the gangs of the sects also immigrate to mess around with them, and extract money in various ways to promote their ‘brand’. And the ‘host country’ providing the relief from either poor economic or war conditions, doesn’t immediately see the ancient hostilities they are importing when welcoming the immigrants.
            Prime examples might be:
            Alawites VS Sunnis in Tripoli Lebanon. (Super-Ghettos with gang armies)
            The Irish in Cananda – saved from famines, but carrying on their internal conflicts even while becoming prominent in a ’trade’ called ‘policing’, and collecting money to send back to the gangs for the ideological split within the one religion. (‘Give’ to be on the ‘right’ side – God will look after you.)
            I’m not mentioning some of the ‘more recent’ angst-moments between East Indians or Sri Lankans, or indeed the separated Mosques of what we thought were ‘All Muslims’. And look how long it took to settle down the European ‘French-English’ angst when the English let the French stick around after beating their asses. 😉
            (OH, wait … maybe that’s a bad example … hehehee)
            So, is there any reason to NOT suspect the same problems in a ‘Jewish’ Ghetto in Australia … let alone in a ‘created country’ where they all moved into a Ghetto ‘en mass’, and were left to sort out their divisions when they chased the British out entirely??
            It’s easy enough to say ‘Zionist Gang’ … but then there’s a need to define what is a ’normal’ and ‘peace-loving Jew’ who can live with anyone anywhere without hauling out a gun in fear every time somebody pops a balloon.
            (or a ‘peace-loving Muslim’, for that matter)
            [we have all known some … 😉 ]
            In almost all cases, we could admit that it needs at least 4 or 5 generations to get them ALL out of their ghettos to be part of ‘one country’.
            Some, unfortunately, never succeed – even as a country attempts to adjust it’s own cultural divides to accommodate a bit of the weirdnesses they imported.

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            And one for Hind … and others as needed …..
            “Social scientists like to say that you cannot explain a variable with a constant. That is, there’s plenty of “irrational hatred” of Jews in Europe, but there always is. To explain changes in anti-Semitism, we need to discuss things that change — current events. And that’s why, as Brooklyn College political scientist Corey Robin noted, in 2002, the esteemed Jewish sociologist Nathan Glazer not only attributed contemporary anti-Semitism to a reaction to Israel, but further claimed, “hostility can be reduced and moderated by [Israel’s] policies.” When you approach anti-Semitism as a detached observer, rather than a polemicist who has a beef with Human Rights Watch, this is obvious.”

            Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/206293/do-jewish-actions-ever-cause-anti-semitism/?#ixzz3EEQoaALN

          3. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
            Comtessa di Alba

            He’s a great man..yes i know him, the Likoud and other Illuminati Zionist want Antisemitism so Jews make Aliya to Israel, while other Israeli (forgot the number), want to leave.

            My computer freezes what it means?

          4. MaImequer0 Avatar

            ohhhh, 2 conspiracies in 1 post… why not go for 3 sweetie… lol☻

          5. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Maybe the files on the drive are too fragmented …

          6. Hind Abyad Avatar

            I’m nil in computers .. since my name was stolen my account was disturbed, this is 6th bloody time i get a new discus…

          7. MaImequer0 Avatar

            You lost your name???… why not try ‘terraces overlooking the Mediterranean’? lol sweetie, ‘daft mare’ is available too. That’s funny.☻

          8. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Only to a guy who enjoys driving one woman crazy. APPARENTLY !!

          9. MaImequer0 Avatar

            Not at all, she’s already crazy without a guy driving her.

          10. Hind Abyad Avatar

            He’s too stupid to drive me crazy.. he shows his crazy obsession stalking me.

            I can’t believe he just gave the ultimate prof :
            Mediterraces was my first pseudo when i started to blog, it was Al Jazeera 2011.

            I myself forgot All about it, i left for Paris, it was on my return that i took Hind Abyad, in 2012.
            Don’t tell me this is not a Mossad parasite, he has
            no other income this seams to be his only activity in life (for 3years i tough it was 2 ), keeping a stupid dead useless file on me me.
            He’s not a Mossad himself (too stupid), his friend at the time Arik Boleli a 2008 Gaza veteran, gave him a toy..”watch her she defends Palestinians”.
            He continuously uses Arik particular expression:
            That’s funny”.

            Is this what US peoples tax money pays for?

            One thing this parasite ignores;
            Mediterraces means: “Mediterranean Races”!!!!!
            Not “Terraces overlooking the Mediterranean”:-)))

          11. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Sadly, a result of the ‘open & free’ Net … obviously it can’t stop all the ‘non-contributing to’ of every particular blog discussion … and just look at YouTube for general insanities. 😉 (I admit I enjoy the Japanese movies … )

            P.S. USA people don’t pay ENOUGH taxes. 😉

          12. Hind Abyad Avatar

            On top of it he uses what was Mediterraces
            avatar (without the baby scribbling).
            Youtube for me is operas, music, i hate insanities.

          13. Hind Abyad Avatar

            To see if i speak about Jews, Israel, Zionism. Palestinian.
            That’s funny.

          14. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
            Comtessa di Alba

            Meanwhile, we only live this generation we see copying the one that oppressed their grand parents..that’s not progress..sorry.

            BTW. Is the Gazette the main paper in all Canada?
            I had mentioned the Canadian National anthem last time. 😮

          15. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Among others ….. try this one Dear.
            http://www.thestar.com

          16. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
            Comtessa di Alba

            It depresses me..if people were more educated.
            There are Jews who pray like Moslems.
            First Christians prayed like Moslems, so Moslems were Jews or Christians.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRLFeldPG3Y

          17. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Relative to today, they were all idiots. :-)))))
            The only thing I get on the knees for now, is the drink of wine. 😉
            Rituals are interesting however.

          18. Hind Abyad Avatar

            It must be very difficult to live with an irascible..

          19. 5thDrawer Avatar

            I think my wife was the only one who could ….. for any length of time.
            SO — Today’s Language lesson. (part of ME problems is translating…)
            Today’s word is: ‘Fluctuations’

            I was at my bank today; there was a short line.
            There was just one lady in front of me, an Asian lady who
            was trying to exchange yen for dollars.
            It was obvious she was very irritated …
            She asked the teller:
            “Why it change? Yesterday, I get two hunat dolla fo yen.
            Today I only get hunat eighty?
            Why it change?”

            The teller shrugged his shoulders and said:
            “Fluctuations.”

            The Asian lady said:
            “Fluc you white people too.”

          20. MaImequer0 Avatar

            That’s funny sweetie…what would you know about progress???

          21. $89733098 Avatar

            Daft mare would tell you but its “computer freezes what it means”, so her “thoughts” r frozen..

        2. Leborigine Avatar

          It’s in full motion 5th. Once again we have to put up with the negative outcome!

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            My friends in Lebanon certainly are …. 🙁 … question now is about survival.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        And of course, the reason North Korea still existed … China-Bad.
        Hong Kong …. World’s biggest CAPITALIST MARKET.
        http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/hong-kong-police-use-tear-gas-on-pro-democracy-protesters-1.2028184

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Speaking of which ….
          When the whole country turns out to protest you, you should probably go with what they wish for …..
          http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29418789

  5. 5thDrawer Avatar

    One for Geo … if he ever comes back ….

  6. 5thDrawer Avatar

    I have a feeling all the YaLibnan staff went to Brazil for a holiday ….
    Some of my favourite Bikinis are there. And Pink is nice.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Anone catch the label on that??

      1. Leborigine Avatar

        Looks like a Nike.

        1. lol behave

          1. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
            Comtessa di Alba

            Good to see you:)

          2. Good to see you too… This site is like Lebanon, a failed state 😉

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Yah Hannibal …. I think so. But ….
            I’m waiting for the cheque to arrive for running my own page here. :-)))

          4. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            AND FINALLY … Someone tells it ‘like it is’ – where it REALLY counts. 😉
            http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2014/Oct-07/273283-pope-and-prelates-get-crash-course-in-joys-of-sex.ashx#axzz3FU69cCUd

          5. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
            Comtessa di Alba

            What a nice perfect aphorism 🙂

          6. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Extra note Hannibal.
            I think the ‘staff’ took off for Brazil, because after beginning a ‘blog’ about how to get Lebanon functioning three or so years ago, the whole pile of ‘discussions’ DEVOLVED into all that ‘Religious Theory’ crap that doesn’t address real problems much; most people ignored whatever Ghassan wrote; and no-one has really figured out EVEN how to keep a light-bulb working for more than a few seconds, let alone stop Lebanese citizens from starving to death. 🙁
            From the ‘personal contacts’ I can see that the whole country has become one of ‘internal refugees’ – who’s jobs are being taken by cheap-labour Syrians (even the dishwashing job now..) – and one must note the ‘EL-striking’ thing is utter stupidity by everyone involved in it, workers AND the bosses.
            A few very rich and brainless people run around making speeches … others run around with weapons … and NOTHING is done for citizens.
            Call it Somalia North. There are NO confessions.
            ASSAD’s WAR. Another 4 million added to the list of refugees.

          7. This is exactly how nations perish… Lebanon was a dream and a passion that our politicians quelled by their selfishness.

            If ANYONE needs to understand the politics that drove us to this extinction all they have to see is this documentary:

            https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF0655697175C9A0E

            We had TWO kings… Kamille Chamoun and Bashir Gemayel… Alas since then all what we have is garbage.

            The root of the problem is that every sect looked elsewhere (France, Nasserist, Zionist, Americanism, Arabism, Syrianism, Persia, etc.) for their path to domination EXCEPT at the ONLY one thing which could have saved Lebanon: The Lebanese themselves…

          8. Leborigine Avatar

            Allah yirhamon wa yirham trabon. I highly doubt that we will ever see anyone like them in our Presidential palace ever again!

          9. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Well Leborigine … you won’t often see a ‘cheering section’ for a war either.
            Amazing. (2nd video)
            http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29382945

          10. 5thDrawer Avatar

            And the “Dancing With Voting Joy’ of the North Korean Army is a real treat. :-)))

          11. 5thDrawer Avatar

            The palaces, like the castles, should be tourist museums and B&B spots.

          12. Hind Abyad Avatar

            This is a resume of modern time Lebanon, exact and sad. Maybe I’m wrong (I’m always wrong for YaLiban),
            but I truly admire and trust Al Rai, God bless him.

          13. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Yes, yes … fine … but the whole thing is, that the ‘Man of God’ is not supposed to be also the politician.

          14. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Don’t i know?
            But he can say what he must to protect his community, as the Patriarch of Antioch (200 years before Rome), and all Middle East. Who made Catholic England become Protestant?

          15. 5thDrawer Avatar

            The guy who got tired of chopping off heads to get a divorce … he loved some of them. (well … maybe one …) Anyway, it didn’t feel right.
            ReFoRm ,,, :-))

          16. sweetvirgo Avatar

            I know that guy mr Henry VIII. He loved all of them….all six LOL

          17. 5thDrawer Avatar

            And now it’s: ‘I’m her eighth old man I’m Enery … Enery the eighth I am.’
            (a song …)

          18. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Inside a volcano….
            http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-22630283

            And the ocean bottom near Australia ….
            http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29378953

          19. Hind Abyad Avatar

            I was sarcastic:)), when i see the stupid 300 years war between Protestants and Catholics, i am in disbelief, because he shopped his wives heads he’s considered a great King..he loved one, Henry made Anne Boleyn daughter Queen.. (she did the same to her lover.)

          20. 5thDrawer Avatar

            A bit of genes from the Preying Mantis perhaps? ;-))))

          21. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Better times in Damascus?? Maybe depends on the century ……

          22. Hind Abyad Avatar

            It was such a beautiful country ..that picture is recent, before this war..so much history.
            That Erdogan is a vulture he got what he wanted, this week he said “Turkey will not join the coalition. Turkey will not attack ISIS” (ISIS gave him the Armenian Genocide Memorial destruction as a gift), he got his hostages back free of charge.
            Now, he says he will go to Syria for the refugees my eye. He’s Hitler. Turkish soldiers were photographed stealing Syria’s oil.. he’s a beast

            The Kurd in Kobane begged the coalition to stop ISIS advance they gave them the position, the distance in kilometres from Kobane and their planes.
            Why didn’t they stop them, Kurds and Syrian forces are fighting to defend the town..160.000 civilians fled to the Turkish borders.
            The West continue to ignore Erdogan lies and his actions against Kurd and Christians.
            Why should i trust them??

            http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Sep-27/272209-erdogan-says-turkish-troops-could-be-used-in-syria.ashx?utm_medium=email&utm_source=transactional&utm_campaign=Newsletter#axzz3EYjEivv0

          23. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Yes … interesting ‘Book Club’.
            WHY does every group attempting to expand or expound on ‘culture’ now need to be an ‘NGO’??? It is Too much. ‘Modern’ Flap-twaddle again.
            “The NGO is currently dependent on private donations from sponsors.”
            Well, yah … most ‘clubs’ are.

            BUT … IF none of those sponsors is a government body handing out grants of any kind, then there is no need to call it a Non-Government Organization.
            Sure … a way to say the bad old USA didn’t promote this one … or bad old Liban either. But it’s ridiculous to use it for this group. Is EVERY group doing something of self-interest now being written about this way????
            OH … And yes …. There are over 100 definitions of ‘NGO’ now ….
            http://www.acronymfinder.com/National-Gas-Outlet-(NGO).html

            Literary insanity … probably for some religionist sensitivity …
            (and I changed subject again … hehehehe)

          24. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Yes you changed the subject. I don’t see why you bother with all these details, i just see the genius of Nabokov and Conrad writing in another language, what’s his name (Graham Green?) he wrote “Le Troisième homme” in French.

          25. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Well, If I just said ‘I agree’ it would be boring after a while.
            I have nothing against book-clubs and reading ….
            ‘Typhoon’ was great too.
            But ‘reporting’ is becoming a very weird thing, and I stick in my 2 cents worth. 😉
            I suppose you don’t like Rubens … I thought you might have said something …

          26. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Rubens?:))..why you suppose this,”that’s funny sweetie..
            In Art nothing is boring, Human history exist thanks to Literature..think philosophy.

          27. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Some have no appreciation of the ‘finer points’ in life. True.
            But I DO philosophize about certain parts … 😉

          28. Hind Abyad Avatar

            :))

          29. MaImequer0 Avatar

            lol, that’s funny sweetie, you and your Troisième nom.

          30. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            AND … for the consumer markets … sometimes it needs real demonstrations.
            :-))
            http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-29481235

          31. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Well … at least the ’Natives’ bring some rare positivity to the scene.
            ‘Stuff you, animal rightists’ they say justifiably.
            http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-29464353

          32. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Civilizations perish Hannibal. But there’s some ’emancipation’ going on …
            (I wonder …. Did ‘Barabie’ go off on an adventure??)

            “A female Malaysian medic, now known as Umm al-Baraa, tweeted in January: “Stethoscope around my neck and kalash on my shoulder. Martyrdom is my highest dream”.
            The women talk about the failings of Western societies, speak negatively about restrictions on how they can practise Islam (for example, the ban on wearing the burqa in France), and criticise the political system.
            Yet paradoxically, while quotes from the Koran are woven into their accounts, there is very little sign of deep knowledge about the conflict itself, or indeed about Sharia law or Islam.
            The stories of the women who have travelled from Western countries to Syria to join IS highlight the combination of political and personal reasons behind their decision. But they also indicate that their motivation is characterised by a naive romanticism.”

          33. Hannibal Avatar

            These women are having problems finding a mate… Plenty of animal males in ISIStan 😉

          34. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Aphorism is a literary art, i found a interesting article 😉
            hhttp://literarydevices.net/aphorism/

    2. Leborigine Avatar

      Haha, your a crack up!

    3. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
      Comtessa di Alba

      They have no money for a monitor they go to Brazil for a holiday?
      Now this is in YaLibnan new management taste..yak, next time give
      a warning. Thank you.

      1. MaImequer0 Avatar

        munch crunch sweetie… you are what you eat.☻

      2. 5thDrawer Avatar

        For you, I used the pink. Figured you wouldn’t like the Blue one ….

        1. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
          Comtessa di Alba

          :)oookkkeyy.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Another news site for YOU …. 😉
            http://www.ctvnews.ca/world

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            And Foreign Input … nothing better than charts and graphs. 🙂

          3. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Who let this invasion of a sovereign country happen you think..to get rid of Christians, Shia, Alawite, Kurd..? those in the Emirates.. and..you know.
            IS Frankenstein turned against it’s creators.

          4. 5thDrawer Avatar

            I always wonder why they do this stuff on Fridays … why not wait until Saturday when ‘the others’ are at the Synagogs. 😉
            (the ‘escalations’ resume …..)
            http://palsolidarity.org/2014/09/video-israeli-forces-use-violence-against-unarmed-demonstrators-in-wadi-foukeen/

    4. MaImequer0 Avatar

      lol… it that a hezzie flag poking out?

    5. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Best Beaches are the ones without all that clothing, however …. this is artistically calming.

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar

        True, “artistically calming”..is another aphorism.

    6. 5thDrawer Avatar

      MUST SAY, that SOME pages have a better feel …. Strange that ALL don’t look as good as this one. 😉

  7. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Now they are running around the world looking for Frenchmen … pretty soon there will be On-Line auctions of various nationalities to trade or purchase, depending on which nation they want to tick off the most, I guess. A new style of ‘Slave-Trade’, if you like – and it doesn’t need to be a female. 😉
    “ALGIERS: An Al-Qaeda splinter group has kidnapped a French citizen and announced Monday that it will execute him unless France ends its participation in airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq.
    Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Sep-23/271623-isis-aligned-group-kidnaps-frenchman-in-algeria.ashx#ixzz3E5R5YY7G

  8. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Since most are leaving me this as my ‘private’ blog (nice, thanks), here’s a ‘Good News’ Item …
    “Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development aid.
    Norway will pay the impoverished west African country $150m to stop deforestation by 2020.”

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Here’s an ‘effective’ story to contemplate, on how to give ISIS a headache. :-)))
      http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Sep-25/271956-female-uae-pilot-leads-strikes-on-jihadists.ashx#axzz3EKdTwX4d

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Meanwhile on the ‘home front’ … a touch of the news …
        http://dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Sep-25/271952-twenty-arrested-over-attacks-on-lebanese-army-in-tripoli.ashx#axzz3EKeT25uV

        GOOD. Need to get them ALL out.
        Tripoli is a city of refugees … the ‘internally displaced’ citizens of Lebanon – jobs lost and stolen by Syrian idiocies, with starvation looming all the time and sickness rampant among those who starve. Not much better in the rest of the country – but farming in the hills might keep some alive … can’t do that on the bomb&tyre-blackened streets of the city.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          AND .. what may be finally a turning-point in both education and thinking …
          A Proper Resistance …… (one could hope – my tongue is in my cheek)
          http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/western-muslims-rally-against-extremism-1.2027397

      2. sweetvirgo Avatar

        Oh wow….I hope this is true.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          A sadder tale ….. The Horror of being Yazidi with ISIS
          http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29333327

          1. sweetvirgo Avatar

            Walla 5th I wish I didn’t read this…..it’s so disturbing it’s so disgusting. We hear this all the time. Terrorist group comes along and starts kidnapping girls and then keep them or sell them. They are disgusting pigs and I hope God will strike them all down.

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Hi Sweets …. The ‘haters’ will like this one … you may not.
            http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29249033

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Damn .. they missed the brain-dead bastard. A supposed ‘Canadian’ ……
            http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.2025447

          4. sweetvirgo Avatar

            No I didn’t…:(((

            Are you sad today??

          5. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Sad is a ‘light’ description ….

          6. sweetvirgo Avatar

            I know how you feel but please smile it decreases your aging process

          7. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Hohohoho .. the insurance companies tell me otherwise.
            Thanks for the ‘try’. Appreciated.

          8. Anti ISIS Avatar

            The only thing that can stop that for 5th is a nice drop of Glen. How have you been sweets, well I hope.

          9. 5thDrawer Avatar

            In the company of one friend is best, Anti …. 🙂
            Or a good cigar if you can afford it after buying The Glen :-)))

          10. sweetvirgo Avatar

            Hi my friend, I can’t complain. How are you my friend??

          11. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Not in Iran, the largest Jewish community in the Middle East beside Israel, never moved since 2 or 3000 years, Netanyahu offered them money to go to Israel they refused. Israel thinks money can by everybody.

      3. White Countess Avatar
        White Countess

        Here’s an effective story to contemplate, Lebanese politicians and Army acting earlier, could have spared themselves the trouble they are today..instead of focusing on a female Saudi pilote :-)))

        http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Columnist/2014/Sep-25/271864-the-army-is-being-sucked-into-syria.ashx?utm_medium=email&utm_source=transactional&utm_campaign=Newsletter#axzz3ELMYmsVU

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          White Fakir is OK too .. but you oughta see the blue one …
          I concentrate on females … ta da … and Michael Young writes another theory.
          Earlier for Lebanon would have been when they blew Hariri up.
          Forget the ‘war-tactics’ … the people need work, and food.

          1. Hind Abyad Avatar

            My post disappeared (?). Tomorrow it will double.
            I said War kills and it doesn’t provide work and food.

  9. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Important to the Sun God RA …..
    “Engineers in the US have invented a battery, made of three molten metals, which could help smooth the power supply from renewable energy sources.
    Previous battery designs have largely been too expensive to help store energy on the scale of a national power grid.
    The new liquid battery has a negative electrode made of lead, which is cheap and melts easily, mixed with a dash of antimony to boost performance.
    This lowers its cost, as well as the heat required to liquefy the metals.”

  10. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Starbucks now has a ‘Beer-Flavoured’ Coffee. :-O
    Now THAT has to be disappointing …..

  11. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Has anyone else noticed this site hasn’t changed since Sept 18th?
    I assume everyone is on BBC watching the ‘hits’ on ISIS …

    1. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
      Comtessa di Alba

      Those watching don’t know what’s going on on the ground, will come back …comp too slow

    2. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
      Maborlz Ez-Hari

      It hasn’t changed in years.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        OMG … Was it only ME that changed ?? 😉

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          In the interest of maintaining a certain ‘equality of sensibilities’, and the general comportment of my own small page of contributions to the bloggers who pop in, I had been reminded that not ALL enjoy seeing a complete human.
          Thus … (I believe from the south of France … although possibly anywhere)….

          1. Hind Abyad Avatar

            She should put her scarf on her fat below the belt..
            I don’t know where you find these things.

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            We never minded the natural, and a little fat is expected.
            It’s a wide, wide world out there. One’s eyes should be also.
            I know that as an artist, yours are, maybe I expect that, but being critical of everything is not the easiest way to go through life. I am sure Rubens would not have turned her down as a model …. and body-painting with Pine-Tree Resins would only have been for the canvas. 🙂
            I’m also certain that Adam didn’t mind an Eve with a generous nature. 😉

            (I do find it hard to believe he was created with ALL those muscles, however,)
            (Rubens got the Ark into the work as well … and bad-guy on the right … )

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar

            So, you planned your vacation to be in a ‘safe’ country …. in an exclusive spot … and Allah said ‘Gotcha’ anyway. 😉

    3. sweetvirgo Avatar

      I swear…..Yalibnan is so slow

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Really Sweets … I think they all went to fight somewhere … or, to Brazil. :-))

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          And here’s a guy in the good ol’ USA who jumped the gun … started before he got to Iraq.
          http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29381980

  12. 5thDrawer Avatar

    12 strikes and they are ALL out. Goodbye Liban.
    No-one is paying anyone else for the bills anyway …. Everyone is a Refugee.
    http://dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Sep-24/271728-ex-edl-workers-shut-down-another-service-provider.ashx#axzz3EAhJdf00

  13. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Nastyrallah spoke …
    “Declaring that Lebanon was capable to confront terrorism alone, he said the government…” (which can’t function or pay the workers or elect a President or care for it’s own citizens let alone refugees) ….”should negotiate with Islamist militants…”

  14. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Today’s Curiosity ….
    “The BBC’s Rami Ruhayem has said after witnessing thousands of refugees fleeing IS militants in Syria over recent days, today he saw people crossing back into the country.
    It comes after new air strikes targeted Islamic State positions in Syria, hitting areas close to the border with Turkey.
    The BBC reporter said some of those trying to return to their homes in Syria wanted to find relatives, while others wanted to fight militants.”
    Video of interest. (Weird things going on …)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29340400

  15. 5thDrawer Avatar

    The ‘latest’ boatload of potential ‘floaters’ on the Med …. as of Sept 25/14
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29358265

  16. Hind Abyad Avatar

    i was hacked again by some eternal stalker

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Poor Hind … you need some lessons in daily ‘maintenance’, or a ‘techie’ who will set your system up properly … and then tell you how to access it. 😉
      Every time Apple pops up a flag and says ‘There’s a security Update’ …. install it.
      I do ‘home banking’ … not that there’s any money in an account, of course, but the banks have fairly good security programmes because they hate to lose a cent. Follow their rules. 😉

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar

        I had a techie, a Russian blue eyes hair beard, strange,
        i called him Rasputin, a male chauvinist i couldn’t say a word, last week i said a word ..he turned around and away he left.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Hohohoho … yes, some ARE like that.
          I remember a ‘techie’ who’s fingers would fly over the keyboard to ‘teach something’ to someone who couldn’t possibly follow, and then he would turn to say: “SEE ?? Like that.” Then walk away ….
          Another friend had mentioned a teacher like that when he was on a course ….
          It is one thing to know something …. quite another to be able to teach it.
          You don’t need a ‘prima-donna’ asshole.

          Some assume it is simply a ‘job-protection’ concept. But I think that they just don’t have the needed patience to teach, after learning so much that it becomes almost second nature.
          I remember the first books with ‘BASIC’ and teaching myself (the only way you could get the damn device to do ANYTHING – Write a programme.) … a lot of time with a different language … and once known, not wishing to ‘review’ it all again with someone who did not have the same depth of interest. This is NOT a problem now.
          Assume all males are chauvinistic …. but find a teacher who will show you what you NEED to know, ONLY, and listen to him/her/it.
          Surprisingly, there ARE teachers who are quite happy when a student’s eyes light up with recognition of the simplicity. 🙂
          P.S. Write down anything important. Humans don’t remember computer stuff.
          After six months or so of not using any particular programme, you forget half of it. I’ve forgotten so much it astounds me. :-))))
          (never forgot a girl … makes a better impact than a computer, I guess)

          P.P.S. Don’t ask ‘WHY’ very often. Just DO.

  17. Leborigine Avatar

    Since Ya Liban have gone to sleep, here is some fascinating stuff to keep you entertained!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIn6USamFEk

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar

      Phoenicians were great Sea men travelled a lot.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Like Vikings … they loved bouncing up and down on the waves.
        Hmmm … Lebanon might have had the original stone circle … but knowing Lebanon, as we do, I’m sure someone sold it off to a guy who cut the stones down to tile kitchen floors and walls …. or make weapons with it. :-))

        The stones which are the foundation the Romans built the Temple on at Baalbeck (Balbeek) are assumed to be way too large, flat, and heavy, and too perfectly fitted, to have been placed by ‘Man’. It would be an engineering feat to move them today. (Although the Roman stones cut from fairly close quarries would be too).
        And their ‘radioactivity’ level is different.
        Some have postulated it was the original ‘landing pad’ …..
        Maybe the stone circles were ‘pointers’ for a different kind of voyager.
        WOW, eh? One could work on THAT theory…. :-))

  18. This guy looks like a combination of Bibi and Sharon.

  19. 5thDrawer Avatar

    THE SHOCK in Algiers …. (some good scenery pics too …) (too close to Libyans …)
    “Since the end of 2005, more than 80 shop-owners, businessmen and industrialists have been abducted by armed groups in the Tizi Ouzou area alone.
    Three have been killed; the others have been freed, either as a result of ransom being paid or residents mobilising and putting pressure on the kidnappers.”
    “During the civil war, the GIA use to massacre entire villages by slitting the residents’ throats.”
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29368422

  20. 5thDrawer Avatar

    The begging is going on, and the USA responds, but it’s those little ‘aside meetings’ which will make the differences …
    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Sep-27/272188-salam-calls-for-shielding-lebanon-from-turmoil.ashx#axzz3EV8ei74D

  21. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Top News of the day. Lebanon had RAIN. WOW. (even lifts the spirits of friends …)
    And therefore, lost some more electricity …. at what they laughingly call a ‘Power Plant’.
    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Sep-28/272241-lightning-strike-burns-down-power-plant-in-tyre.ashx#axzz3EV8ei74D

  22. Reasonableman Avatar
    Reasonableman

    There is not one LAF officer who doesn’t believe he needs extra powers and extra weapons to “do their job”.
    Arsal is the perfect scapegoat for world powers to feed accompany and befriend the voices in their heads by giving them more weapons more money and equipment.
    without a president the weak members of lebanon are lead to blindly rely on the LAF to protect their lifes and properties.

    A military coup and the destruction of lebanon is on the horizon due to the extra rights and weapons and funding all thanks to the WEST for the support. Pppffft
    Prepare for a long battle, the people have spoken.

    #Who will pay the price

    Edit: all thanks to the west and politically incapable arab countries

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Probably right, Reasonable. Military minds always want ‘bigger & better’ ….. the idea being so they will lose less of their own troopies.
      The great hope is that ‘An Army’ will always listen to it’s government …..
      Second greatest hope here, I guess, is that there can be a government that ALL listen to. 😉

  23. Reasonableman Avatar
    Reasonableman

    Meanwhile 14 year old girl stopped @ sydney airport allegedly a child bride.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Well … 14 is better than 7 … by at least twice … 😉

  24. 5thDrawer Avatar

    I’m going to add that address here … open your minds …. adults analysing kid’s stories.
    It’s a mad mad world. :-)))
    http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140318-hidden-messages-in-kids-books

    Other interesting topics too … we need to get away from the war-drums sometimes.
    (I get the ‘daily fix’ of a lovely bikini too.)

  25. 5thDrawer Avatar

    AND 8-(> … It’s Anti-Union ??????? Hahahahahahahahahaha
    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2014/Sep-29/272383-israeli-circumcision-device-provokes-union-outcry-in-south-africa.ashx#axzz3EiNBBOUy

    And ‘WHO’ isn’t helping by coming up with that 60% figure as a ‘preventive’ in a country where the President declares he won’t get aids from any of the ‘extra girls’ because he has a shower after sex.
    Trust the Israelis to figure out how to make an inhumane practice ‘safer’, however.
    STUPID TRIBAL CUSTOMS !!!!!
    Education falls further and further behind …. more and more … Well, Boko Haram to you TOO.

    How are we doing with the EBOLA, by the way … hummm ???

  26. 5thDrawer Avatar

    It’s all About what you seek to know … or are told about.

  27. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Ahhh … found it. Still alive and well…. :-))

  28. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    This ‘Blog’ didn’t die after all. :-)))
    It’s just that everything repeats itself, and new versions of the same headlines come up with the same pictures, and we simply think it’s the same shit again. (which it is) :-)))))

  29. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Thanksgiving Treats. Happy weekend to all. :-))
    (‘friends’ send the strangest things …)(beware – strange content)
    The thing is, you don’t have to join the decadence, let alone want to kill a whole country because of it … but in keeping with ‘need to know’ concepts, and in fairness with equality, I have to say THIS is one of the MOST unusual SECTS out there … seen happily spending the day on …
    DUVAL STREET IN KEY WEST, FLORIDA

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5Jz8iVvimK7djhhbHE2cFNCc3c/preview?pli=1

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