July 16, 2013

KNOWING YOUR ALLIES:

Lebanese officials say CIA warned them of imminent al Qaida attack on Hezbollah (Mitchell Prothero, 7/15/13, McClatchy)

 The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency warned Lebanese officials last week that al Qaida-linked groups are planning a campaign of bombings that will target Beirut's Hezbollah-dominated southern suburbs as well as other political targets associated with the group or its allies in Syria, Lebanese officials said Monday.

The unusual warning - U.S. government officials are barred from directly contacting Hezbollah, which the U.S. has designated an international terrorist organization - was passed from the CIA's Beirut station chief to several Lebanese security and intelligence officials in a meeting late last week with the understanding that it would be passed to Hezbollah, Lebanese officials said.

Hezbollah officials acknowledged the warning and took steps to tighten security in the southern suburbs that are known locally as Dahiya.


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