Lebanese media and journalists have become so unprofessional in this country that it’s really hard to believe any of them. The above picture was apparently shared by an LBCI reporter called Maroun Nassif (I couldn’t find the post though) about a weapons cache found in Saida, but someone made the link to one of Dan Bilzerian’s pictures and the Lebanese-Forces website quickly posted it and trashed the journalist. The picture is indeed taken from Battlefield Vegas which is one of the largest shooting ranges in the US.
Assuming that the journalist did upload the photos, since there’s always a possibility in Lebanon that someone photoshopped them in the first place, it’s good to know that he deleted them. In all cases, here’s a post to remind all journalist in Lebanon on how to verify is a picture is authentic or not.
On another note, the sad part from this story is that there are bigger weapon caches than the one above being found while the Lebanese Army is still waiting for the billions in supplies and equipment that they were promised.
I read it on Qifanabki but checked Twitter just to make sure it really happened. Someone should tell Joumblatt not to share phone numbers on Twitter.
For those of you still doubting if it’s really Joumblatt tweeting, His Excellency Tom Fletcher, among others, “confirmed” in a tweet the authenticity of Joumblatt’s Twitter account. If you think about it, his tweets do sound like him.
Who would have thought? Da3esh is actually uniting Lebanese factions in certain areas. I’d love to see pot farmers smoking weed and fighting alongside the Lebanese Army against terrorist groups in the Bekaa.
Among Lebanese authorities, there’s some suspicion but also a tacit acceptance that, if worse comes to worst, the farmers may act. “I think they’re using Islamic State militants as an excuse to justify having weapons, but the real reason is to protect their hashish,” Col. Ghassan Shamseddine, head of Lebanon’s drug enforcement unit, told SBS News. “But, of course, if there’s any assault from outside of Lebanon into Lebanon, they may use their weapons to help the army.”
For the farmers, the concern may be understandable: The Bekaa Valley is not far from Syria, and the Lebanese military has clashed with Syrian militants in the border town of Arsal. Neither the Islamic State nor al-Qaeda proxy Jabhat al-Nusra have shown themselves to be sympathetic to marijuana cultivation: In August, Islamic State militants released a video that showed them burning marijuana fields in Syria. [WashingtonPost]
One of the first things he did was follow Haifa Wehbe but it doesn’t looks like an official account to me, but then again everything is possible.
You can’t make this stuff up.
BAALBEK, Lebanon: A patient, angry that a doctor tried to shave his body hair to perform an operation, called his friends to open fire on a Baalbek hospital Monday, sources said. The patient, a member of the Zeaiter family, was drawn into a verbal dispute with the surgeon who told him he would need to shave stomach hair to perform surgery on his kidney. [DailyStar]
First we have LBCI News quoting Laila Abdel Latif, then Al Jadeed spreading an unverified story about a certain Madame Hmmayyid who wishes to blow herself up on Achoura, and the Lebanese Army tanks are being fed Red bull and can fly now.
PS: The tanks screenshot is probably fake or photoshopped but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were true given how professional TVs and medias are in Lebanon.