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why did the US government post a travel warning to lebanon on may 30th of last month?


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Old 06-14-2008, 08:19 PM
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I went to the usa.gov website and saw a new travel warning to lebanon posted on may 30th. I thought things in lebanon look great now??? why would there be a warning? i'm getting married there in 19 days...should i worry?
clashes between the army and hezbolllah now? recent?
are you talking about the clashes that happened in the begining of may which got resolved by having the politicians agree on a president?
yes I did google it and could not find anything recent!
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Old 06-14-2008, 08:34 PM
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There armed clashes between the Lebanese army and Hezbollah supporters.

On May 7, 2008, Hizballah militants blocked the road to Rafiq Hariri International Airport. The action rendered the airport inaccessible and travelers were unable to enter or leave the country via commercial air carriers. Armed Hizballah and other opposition members proceeded to enter areas of Lebanon not traditionally under their control resulting in heavy fighting and a number of casualties. While there is now full access to the airport and widespread hostilities have subsided, the United States is concerned about Hizballah's willingness to use violence to achieve political ends with little or no warning.

The threat of anti-Western terrorist activity exists in
Lebanon; groups such as Al-Qaeda and Jund al-Sham are present in the country and have issued statements calling for attacks against Western interests in the past.

U.S. citizens traveling to Lebanon or resident in Lebanon should be aware that the U.S. Embassy has limited ability to reach all areas of Lebanon. The Embassy cannot guarantee that Embassy employees can render assistance to U.S. citizens in all areas of the country. Furthermore, in the event that the security climate in the country worsens, American citizens should be aware that they will bear the responsibility of arranging their own travel out of Lebanon. American citizens with special medical or other needs should be aware of the risks of remaining given their condition and be prepared to be treated in Lebanon if they cannot arrange for travel out of the country.

http://www.metimes.com/Politics/2008/06/09/four_wounded_in_lebanon_clashes/afp/
http://politicom.moldova.org/stiri/eng/125153/
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080531/wl_mideast_afp/lebanonunrestblast_080531083816
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080531/wl_afp/lebanonunrest_080531195325
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7432070.stm
http://www.metimes.com/Politics/2008/05/30/lebanese_pm_holds_talks_on_new_government/afp/
http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/world/2008/05/21/lebanese-political-deal-is-a-win-for-hezbollah.html
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Old 06-14-2008, 08:48 PM
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Yes, recent clashes ... just a week or so ago have occurred between Hezbollah and the Lebanese Military. Why not just google it. In the time it took you to ask this question, you could have googled it and found about a dozen sites talking about the problems there, and you would have saved yourself 5 points.
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