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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

How's that 'engagement' going Mr. President?

Back in February, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hezbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah came to Damascus for what al-Quds al-Arabi editor Bari Atwan called a 'war council.' On Monday, Kuwait's Al-Anba newspaper reported that another war council will take place, and this time it will also include members of Hamas (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
The meeting, according to the anonymous source quoted in the paper, will take place in late June, under official Syrian patronage, in an effort to activate resistance in the region in light of an expected Israeli offensive against Iran or against Hizbullah in Lebanon.

Initial arrangements for the meeting, according to senior Palestinian sources speaking to the Kuwaiti paper, were made at a commemoration event for leader of the Iranian revolution in 1979 Ayatollah Syed Ruhollah Moosavi Khomeini, who died on 4 June 1989.

As part of an apparent ramp up in relations between Palestinian opposition factions - namely Hamas and Islamic Jihad - Lebanon and Syria, the groups were reportedly permitted to establish community centers in the refugee camps of southern Lebanon, which had previously been prohibited in favor of involvement from PLO-faction centers, the paper reported.
Three words: Target. Rich. Environment.



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