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الجارديان - 10/4/2007
US 'in covert war against
Clancy Chassay in Beirut
Tuesday April 10, 2007
Washington is waging a
covert war against Hizbullah, according to the militant
group, which accuses the US administration of arming
anti-Hizbullah militias and seeking to undermine the
Lebanese army in moves that could plunge the country
back into civil war.
US vice president] Dick Cheney has given orders for a
covert war against Hizbullah... there is now an American
programme that is using Lebanon to further its goals in
the region," Sheikh Naim Qasim, Hizbullah's deputy
secretary general, told the Guardian in an interview in
a safe house deep in Beirut's southern suburbs.
The accusation follows
reports in the US and British media that the CIA has
been authorised to take covert action against the
militant Shia group, which receives substantial military
backing from Iran, as part of wider strategy by the Bush
administration to prevent the spread of Iranian
influence in the region.
According to the reports, US
intelligence agencies are authorised to provide
"non-lethal" funding to anti-Hizbullah groups
in Lebanon and to activists who support the
western-backed government of Fouad Siniora.
But Hizbullah accused the
Lebanese government of arming groups across the country.
"This happens with the knowledge of the prime
minister and is facilitated by the security forces under
his command," said Sheikh Qasim. The Bush
administration recently set aside $60m (£30m) to fund
the interior ministry's internal security force, which
has almost doubled in size to 24,000 troops. Sheikh
Qasim said there was a growing anti-Hizbullah bias in
the security services. "The internal security
forces have not succeeded in playing a balanced role ...
The sectarian issue is very delicate when it comes to
the security services."
Cabinet minister Ahmed
Fatfat told the Los Angeles Times late last year that
the increase in interior ministry personnel was to
counter the growing influence of Iran and its Shia ally
Earlier this year, in his
state of the union address, George Bush accused
Hizbullah of "seeking to undermine Lebanon's
legitimately elected government".
Sheikh Qasim rejected the
accusation, claiming Washington had scuppered attempts
by the Lebanese government and the Hizbullah-led
opposition to reach a compromise. "We think that if
it wasn't for America's interference, we would have
resolved the issue of participating in the government a
long time ago," he said.
is forcing the government forces to prolong this crisis,
because they want a price for it ... They want to tie
Lebanon into negotiations that benefit Israel and their
plan for a new Middle East."
The political standoff in
Beirut had revolved around an opposition demand for veto
power over key cabinet decisions, including an
international tribunal to try suspects for the
assassination of the former prime minister Rafik Hariri.
But in a speech at the
weekend Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said he
had given up hope of reaching a compromise with the
government. He said the only way out of the crisis was
through a referendum or early elections.
Sheikh Qasim said Hizbullah
did not rule out another confrontation with Israel this
summer and confirmed that the group was rearming:
"We are prepared for the possibility of another
adventure or the demand of American policy that might
push the IDF [Israeli Defence Force] in that direction."
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