Nahr al-Bared « The Fanonite

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Later, he adds [Lebanese Soldier], it was like being in a movie. “A drunk state in which you don’t care whether you’re shooting at children, the elderly or militants.”

Thats What War is Like « The Fanonite

EI: What triggered the violence in Nahr al-Bared?

ABUKHALIL: That’s where it gets really bizarre and raises a lot of questions. After the assassination of Rafiq Hariri in February 2005, the Hariri family did not trust the existing state security and intelligence forces, so with supervision and funding from the United States as well as Saudi, Jordanian and UAE support, they established their own quasi-militia called the Lebanese Internal Security Forces. They also established something called Jihaz al-Ma’alumat, the Intelligence Apparatus, which does not have a mandate to exist under Lebanese law. Be that as it may, they are now the most important security and intelligence forces in Lebanon and they are marginalizing all the others.

Nahr al-Bared: The Context « The Fanonite

The army have been killing us, they were hitting anything that moved,” said 27-year-old Maher, who had left the camp the previous night for the relative sanctity of the nearby camp of Badawi. “Nobody can step out of their house without being shot at. Even inside the houses it isn’t safe from the bullets.”

Abu Ali, 45, added: “We have never experienced violence like this. Not even the Israelis behaved like this.”

Nahr al-Bared: The Blowback « The Fanonite

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