180039_Fwd: [alpha] INSIGHT - SYRIA/LEBANON/HZ - HZ jailing Syrian dissidents/Salafist counter? - ME1*

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Fwd: [alpha] INSIGHT - SYRIA/LEBANON/HZ - HZ jailing Syrian dissidents/Salafist counter? - ME1*
Date 2011-11-03 23:36:25
From chris.farnham@stratfor.com
To bhalla@stratfor.com
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I must have my wires crossed, I thought the LAF was a competitor to HZB
but it seems according to this insight that they are working together with
them. Or is that simply because they share the same patron?

Sorry if this has been covered, I must have missed it.

Chinese politics seems simple in comparison to Leboland.


From: "Benjamin Preisler"
To: "Alpha List"
Sent: Friday, 4 November, 2011 12:56:35 AM
Subject: [alpha] INSIGHT - SYRIA/LEBANON/HZ - HZ jailing Syrian
dissidents/Salafist counter? - ME1*

SOURCE: sub-source via ME1
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Head of Lebanese internal security forces (ISF). ISF
is a pro-Hariri Sunni-led apparatus.

[Reva] I fully believe that HZ is jailing Syrian dissidents. We also know
the LEbanese army chief is cooperating closely with Syria in rounding up
people. That hired Salafist types are being sent to abduct HZ members to
force prisoner exchanges seems kind of nutty, but then again, this is

ducting members of the opposition is angering Lebanese Sunnis, and
Christians loyal to the Lebanese Forces (LF). HZ is operating a number of
prisons in Lebanon, especially in the south and near the Lebanese-Syrian
borders in the central and northern Biqaa Valley. Intelligence reports
available to the information section of the internal security force
suggest that about 400 Syrian dissidents are in the custody of HZ. Syrian
activists apprehended by other allies of Syria in Lebanon are turned in to
HZ who decides their fate after consultation with the Syrian authorities.
Two senior officers who were in custody in connection with the
assassination of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri (brigadier generals
Jamil al-Sayyid and Ali al-Hajj) control, from behind the scene, the
activities of the Lebanese security forces, although they were discharged
from service upon their release from prison less than three years ago.

Sunni salafis are converging on Lebanon from Syria, Iraq, Yemen and
elsewhere. The internal security force is trying to keep them on its radar
station. He argues, nevertheless, that Sunnis in the security apparatus
are not enthusiastic about chasing them since they support the Syrian
uprising and hate HZ. The source says he has information that the salafis
are planning to respond to HZ pro-Syrian regime activity in Lebanon by
abducting HZ members in order to swap them with Syrian dissidents it
imprisons.* He says the Lebanese authorities have advised the ambassadors
of Iran and Syria in Lebanon to be careful in their movement inside
Lebanon because Sunni militants may target them. The LF are reorganizing
their military apparatus. He says they are calling upon their cadres who
left Lebanon in the 1990s to return to the country. He says about 200 of
them have already returned to Lebanon from the U.S., Canada, Brazil,
Australia and West Europe.

*If this happens, it will be a major and ominous development because HZ
will respond harshly.


Benjamin Preisler
Watch Officer
+216 22 73 23 19


Chris Farnham
Senior Watch Officer, STRATFOR
Australia Mobile: 0423372241
Email: chris.farnham@stratfor.com


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