Western-backed Lebanese faction slams Hizbullah

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 16, 2010 01:52

BEIRUT – A Western-backed alliance in Lebanon's government accused the militant group Hizbullah and its allies Wednesday of trying to take the country back to the days when Syria dominated this tiny Arab nation.

The alliance is struggling to maintain its political clout as Hizbullah and its patrons in Damascus gain strength in Lebanon. The March 14 coalition is named for a day of massive demonstrations in 2005 when millions turned out and forced Syria to leave Lebanon after nearly 30 years.

"Lebanon is being subjected at the present time to a wild coup attempt that aims to take us back to the time before the March 14, 2005 independence uprising," Fares Soeid, a senior official with the alliance told reporters Wednesday.


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