Tuesday, March 11, 2008

News Bites: Assassination Station

Tribunal Watch

US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad said the International organization has completed all the arrangements for the International Tribunal...

...Secretary-General of the UN Ban Ki -Moon has chosen 11 judges and the court registrars.
...He [Khalilzad] also pointed to the funds raised for the tribunal. “By March 6, 2008, the UN managed to obtain $29.4 million and commitments worth $21.3 million. This exceeds the required amount,” he added.

Khalilzad also noted the establishment of an administration committee for the tribunal whose members include France, Germany, Lebanon, Holland, Britain, the US and the UN General Secretariat...

...He noted the absence of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the Emirates from the committee, despite their participation in the fundraising process.
Also from NOWLebanon:
British judge appointed to Lebanon’s Special Tribunal...

...[Judge] Vincent [has] served as a judge at the Special Tribunal for Sierra Leone between 2002 and 2005 and as a vice judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Assassination Watch

From StratFor (via WCCR):
Syria plans to assassinate Lebanese Gen. Ashraf Rifi, commander of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, a Stratfor source close to Lebanon’s March 14 coalition leader Saad al-Hariri said March 7. Rifi, a Sunni from Beirut, reportedly has been involved in the fight against militant cells in Lebanon.
And if you're so inclined, you could check out this piece, also from StratFor (and also via WCCR):
Syria’s ruling al Assad family is experiencing an internal struggle, as the Feb. 12 assassination of top Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyah in Damascus revealed. Syrian allies Iran and Hezbollah seem to have growing suspicions ... and Syrian President Bashar al Assad appears to be building a case against his brother-in-law, the director-general of Syrian intelligence.
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  1. Anonymous11:25 PM

    surely rifi already knew he was a target!

  2. (Correction) :Ashraf Riffi is a Sunni from Tripoli (North Lebanon).

  3. When is the next explosion and whom will it target this time?
    One fear I have is that when the Syrian regime gets totally cornered us Lebanese should brace ourselves for their reaction will surely be most violent.
    Let us hope that this is beginning of the end to the Syrian regime and the Assad family.

  4. Jimmy5:20 PM

    People in Lebanon have the feeling that someone is going to get assassinated, its dark down here.


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