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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

With Obama's approval, Turkey selling arms to Hezbullah-controlled Lebanese army

I can now confirm a report that first appeared in DEBKA last week that the Obama administration has approved a massive arms sale from Turkey to the Lebanese army. A Turkish web site is now reporting the same story. The Lebanese army is mostly Shiite Muslim and has collaborated with Hezbullah in the past. This would make it likely that any weapons sold to the Lebanese army could end up in Hezbullah's hands.

Moreover, elections are scheduled in Lebanon for June 7, and it is possible that Hezbullah could end up in official control of the country - including its army.

And, according to DEBKA, when Lebanese president Gen. Michel Suleiman (the one many of you don't recognize in the picture above) signed the arms deal in Ankara Tuesday, April 21 (the Turkish web site says the deal was signed on Thursday, April 23), he pledged publicly to place the Lebanese army at Hezbullah's disposal in any confrontation with Israel.

In December, I reported that the Lebanese army had asked both the US and Iran for weapons. I guess having Turkey make the sale is the Obama administration's way of not sharing a weapons customer with Iran.

What could go wrong?


At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well with Turkey, Lebanon and Syria reportedly entering into a defense pact things are obviously going wrong for Israel. Expect Lebanon and Syria to apply for EU/Nato membership soon.

And when Hizbullah, as a soon-to-be legit member of the Lebanese government, takes action against Israeli "occupation", expect Turkey& Syria to stand against Israel.

At 8:29 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

In effect, America is arming Hezbollah.

What could go wrong, indeed

At 8:34 AM, Blogger Ivan said...

Well the American Jews have been carrying water for the Turks for so long that it just had to come back and bite you.


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