Saudis proposed secret ´Arab force´ to fight Iran proxy / WND reported 1 day before on Kingdom´s arms transfers to attack Hezbollah (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) By Aaron Klein JERUSALEM, Israel 12/08/10)
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JERUSALEM – Saudi Arabia secretly proposed to send an "Arab force" to
Lebanon that would act under the cover of international troops to
fight the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, according to a U.S. diplomatic
cable released by WikiLeaks and reviewed by WND.
One day before that May 12, 2008, cable, WND first reported that with
U.S. approval, Saudi Arabia was providing weaponry to militias
associated with anti-Syrian Lebanese opposition leaders to bolster
them against the Hezbollah terror organization.
The U.S. government cable related a May 12, 2008, meeting between the
Saudi foreign minister, Saud Al-Faisal, and David Satterfield, then
coordinator for Iraq and senior adviser to Secretary of State
During the meeting, Faisal petitioned for a "security response" to
Hezbollah´s "military challenge" to the government of Lebanon. He
warned Hezbollah was poised to push an "Iranian takeover" of Lebanon.
Faisal proposed an "Arab force" to create and maintain order in and
around Beirut, which would be assisted in its efforts and come under
the "cover" of a deployment of some 20,000 international troops
currently in south Lebanon, according to the cable.
Faisal stated the U.S. and NATO would need to provide the secret Arab
contingent movement and logistic support, as well as "naval and air
cover," the cable related.
One day before that cable, WND reported on U.S.-supported Saudi
efforts to arm the anti-Hezbollah opposition in Lebanon.
The Saudi weapons were provided to militias associated with Lebanon´s
Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, then-Parliament Leader Saad Hariri, now
prime minister, and former president Amin Gemayel, according to
informed security officials who spoke to WND in May 2008.
The weapons mostly consisted of assault rifles, rocket propelled
grenades, and combat equipment such as military boot, tents and night-
vision goggles, the officials said.
The weapons may have been put to use during urban warfare battles
that month between Hezbollah and Jumblatt followers in the town of
Aley, east of Beirut. At least two people were killed and four
wounded in those clashes.
Informed security officials say the Saudi weapons also were used by
pro-democracy gunmen battling Hezbollah forces since Hezbollah
started the violence in May 2008 after the Lebanese government
decided to dismantle and take legal action against Hezbollah´s
communications network amid accusations the terror group set up a
system to monitor the travels of anti-Syrian Lebanese figures.
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