Monday, June 30, 2008

Syrian Troops in Lebanon

Jane's Defense Weekly (via Middle East Times) reports on commercial satellite imagery it obtained showing a build-up of Syrian military deployments inside Lebanese territory ahead major Israeli military maneuvers in early 2008:
"Syria appears to continue to deploy troops on Lebanese soil in the remote and rugged hills north of the town of Rashaya al-Wadi, despite Damascus having ended its military occupation of Lebanon in April 2005

...in late 2005, the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) sealed off the hills to the east of Kfar Qouk. An LAF checkpoint at the junction of the only road leading to Deir al-Ashayer bars all but local residents from reaching the village. The nearby village of Halwa is also sealed off by the army. Although there are no Syrian army bases in the vicinity of Halwa, there are several small outposts manned by pro-Damascus Palestinian groups such as Fatah Intifada and as-Saiqa. These outposts are linked to Syria by un-patrolled dirt tracks used by commercial smugglers as well as militants for resupplying equipment and personnel."
As part of an opinion piece put on Blacksmiths of Lebanon in October 2007, we showed a map detailing the Lebanese territory still under Syrian occupation in the east of the country. Territory totaling more than 3% of all Lebanese territory.

The map itself was taken from a NOWLebanon report, put out in May 2007, examining the conditions along the Lebanese-Syrian border.

3 comments:

  1. TwoSpot6:31 PM

    'As part of an opinion piece put on Blacksmiths of Lebanon in October 2007, we showed a map detailing the Lebanese territory still under Syrian occupation in the east of the country. Territory totaling more than 3% of all Lebanese territory.'

    Pretty pathetic map. Lebanon with a couple of dotted lines down the right hand side. Doesn't really stand up as intellectual rigour

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  2. The map comes with a 30 page report ... you know, the one I mentioned just after you closed your quotation marks...

    ...if you can't find it (something which wouldn't surprise me) I'd be more than happy to email it to you.

    That offer stands for everyone, by the way, just send me an email to blacksmithsoflebanon at gmail dot com and I'll reply with a copy of the report.

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  3. Actually, the report shows exact names, longitudes and latitudes, precise information (as much as possible in a country like Lebanon). It is great work and very interesting, showing again the continuous duplicity of Syria and its puppets. So, ok, the map is not very good looking, but for anyone not too lazy intellectually, it is a good tool.

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