Saad Hariri: Don’t abandon us

Updated 23 February 2016
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Saad Hariri: Don’t abandon us

BEIRUT: Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Al-Hariri has urged Saudi Arabia not to abandon Lebanon.
Hariri called on Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman “not to forgo Lebanon and to continue to support and embrace it.” He was speaking in a televised address.
Hariri said Lebanon would “not be a protectorate for Iranian policies in the region.” He said: “We are here to confirm in the loudest voice that nobody will be able to cancel Lebanon’s Arabness.”
In a statement Monday, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Tammam Salam said he will head a ministerial delegation to visit Gulf states in the near future.
Salam says it is necessary to rectify relations between Lebanon and its “brothers,” and “remove the stains” that surfaced recently. Salam said Lebanon will maintain its policy of “disassociation” from regional conflicts.


Coalition airstrike targets mosque used by Daesh

Updated 28 min 17 sec ago
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Coalition airstrike targets mosque used by Daesh

  • The coalition said the use of the mosque as a headquarters by Daesh caused it to lose its protected status
  • The coalition says Daesh deliberately chose the mosque and repeatedly used it to plan and coordinate attacks

AL-UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar: The US-led coalition fighting the Daesh group says an airstrike on a mosque in Syria targeted an insurgent command and control center and killed a dozen fighters.
The coalition in a statement says that while the law of war protects mosques, the use of the building as a headquarters by Daesh caused it to lose that protected status.
Syrian state media and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said last week that strikes in Sousa near the Iraq border killed and wounded dozens, including civilians and Daesh fighters.
The coalition says Daesh deliberately chose the mosque and repeatedly used it to plan and coordinate attacks on US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. Sousa is in the last Daesh-held pocket in Syria where those forces have been fighting extremists for weeks.