Sunday, December 10, 2006

Hizballah Bought Military Uniforms in Large Quantities

Annahar Lebanese daily reported in today's issue that Hizballah bought military uniforms in large quantities. The uniforms are of the same kind as those currently used by the Lebanese police and army. According Annahar's online affiliate, Naharnet:

...Hizbullah purchased thousands of army and police uniforms from a local company trading with such items in south Lebanon.

The respected newspaper did not elaborate on its short report, which sparked concern in security circles that Hizbullah's trained and tested fighters might use the uniforms as disguise to attack the heavily-guarded government offices, which Saniora and his ministers have been using as residence, across the street from the angry protestors taking part in the city center sit-in.

A ranking security official told Naharnet, that a shipment of uniforms similar to what is used by the Lebanese army and police force has been "imported by a local merchant from India and was recently sold to a local faction."

This, the official explained, is "a very, very serious matter. It reminds us of the mysterious kidnapping in the 1980s of four professors from the U.S.-affiliated Beirut University College (BUC) which was carried out by armed elements wearing police uniforms and driving police vehicles."

A pro-Iranian faction had claimed responsibility for kidnapping the BUC professors.

The security official warned that if the army and police uniforms were used by "irregular factions, this would further escalate the ongoing confrontation and would lead us to facing a real threat of terrorism."
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  1. Anonymous1:12 AM

    hezbollah have a history of kidnappings in lebanon! Will they start targetting foreigners again?

  2. Not only that. Hizballah are involved in the murder of prominent national residence figures in Beirut during the 1980s. Also, during the 1980s Hizballah attacked a unit from the Lebanese communist party on its way back from the front lines with the Zionist army. All the members of the unit were killed.


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