Hariri assassination

On 14 February 2005 former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri died in a huge explosion as as his motorcade drove approached the seafront in Beirut.

The attack was widely blamed on Syria or its supporters in Lebanon and led to the so-called Cedar Revolution.

This page links to news reports about the attack and its aftermath. Documents relating to the UN investigation can be found here.

Beirut bombshell
The assassination of a former prime minister may have been linked to the collapse of Lebanon's Bank al-Madina. By Mitchell Prothero, Fortune magazine, May 4, 2006

Syria may aid UN inquiry into Hariri murder
Guardian, Friday January 13 2006

UN wants to question Assad in Hariri inquiry
Guardian, January 3 2006

UN wants to interview Syrian president over Lebanese assassination
Guardian Unlimited, January 2 2006

Hariri 'threatened by Syria head
BBC News, December 30, 2005

Syria MPs demand treason charges
BBC News, December 31, 2005

Calls for mass protest as Syria critic's murder plunges Lebanon into crisis
Guardian, December 14 2005

Car bomb kills Lebanese journalist as UN attacks Syria over Hariri murder inquiry
Guardian, December 13 2005

The Syrian Gambit Unravels
When the main witnesses recant, you don't have a case. By Justin Raimondo (antiwar.com, December 12, 2005)

Prosecutor heading UN's Hariri inquiry stands down
Guardian, December 7 2005

Syria claims witness in Hariri inquiry was under duress
Guardian, November 30 2005

Syria backs down and allows UN to question officials
Guardian, November 26 2005

Syria agrees to UN interviews
Guardian Unlimited, November 25 2005

Syria president expects UN showdown over murder inquiry
Guardian, November 11 2005

Syria 'will let Hariri death inquiry see Assad relatives'
Guardian, November 2 2005

UN demands Syria's cooperation in Hariri inquiry but retreats from sanctions threat
Guardian, November 1 2005

Two charged over Hariri killing
Guardian Unlimited, October 26 2005

Could Syria have been so stupid?
Guardian Unlimited, October 25 2005

Syria faces more pressure over Hariri killing
Guardian, October 24 2005

Rogue Syrians must be held to account, says US
Guardian, October 22 2005

'Long planned' Hariri killing linked to Syria, says UN
Guardian, October 21 2005

Syria 'must be held to account over Hariri death'
Guardian Unlimited, October 21 2005

UN Hariri probe implicates Syria
BBC News, October 21, 2005

Assad's brother-in-law named over Hariri death
Guardian, October 19 2005

The road from Damascus
Guardian Unlimited, October 17 2005

Syrian state inquiry finds minister killed himself
Guardian, October 14 2005

Embattled Syrian minister found dead
Guardian, October 13 2005

'Suicide' assures Syria's isolation
Guardian Unlimited, October 12 2005

Fear strikes Damascus
Guardian Unlimited, October 7 2005

A mixture of excitement and fear stalks the land in Syria
Guardian, September 28 2005

Middle East tension rises as UN prepares to accuse Syria of Hariri assassination
Guardian, September 23 2005

Damascene subversion
Guardian Unlimited, September 19 2005

UN's Hariri inquiry to visit Syria
Guardian, September 10 2005

Long shadow of the Beirut massacre
Guardian Unlimited, September 6 2005

Generals face Hariri inquiry
Guardian, September 3 2005

Pro-Syria officials held in Hariri inquiry
Guardian, August 31 2005

Syria accused of hampering inquiry into Lebanon bomb
Guardian, Friday August 26 2005

Lebanese general in murder quiz
Guardian, June 22 2005

Beirut murder mystery
Guardian Unlimited, June 22 2005

Lebanon agrees to Hariri inquiry
BBC News, March 25, 2005

Farewell to Lebanon's Mr Fix-it
The Guardian, February 15 2005

Rafik Hariri was more than a politician; in many ways he was Mr Lebanon. Besides serving as prime minster for 10 of the last 14 years, he was a hyperactive businessman, a self-made billionaire who, through his television station and daily newspaper, controlled ...

The power of words
The Guardian, November 23 2004

Damascus would do well to defuse anti-Syrian sentiment in Beirut and the wider world with an offer of dialogue ...

By unpopular demand
The Guardian, September 06 2004

Last Friday the Lebanese parliament decided, by 96 votes to 29, to give President Emile Lahoud three more years in office.