Saad Hariri asks Ahmad Khatib – an ex-army dude (Sunni) from the civil war days who led one section of the split Lebanese military – to “group his people”. The leader of what was known to be “Lebanon’s Arab army” (at the time working under the supervision of Palestinian Fateh) has been recruiting in the regions that were once occupied by the Syrians such as in Sunni areas from the Bekaa. He actually claims that he has followers from “all the regions of Lebanon”. In return for going under the Mustaqbal party’s wing, Hariri is said to have promised Khatib a place in the Lebanese army and significant remunerations.
Since Lebanese president Lahoud’s ‘refurbishing of the army’, this section was barred from coming back to the military state institution, due to its murky past during the civil war era. There are apparently 250 former “Lebanon’s Arab army” men that are trying to go back to the Lebanese army. Khatib is now looking elsewhere to get what he thinks is his due and has found in Hariri a generous recipient of promises. Give us positions in the Lebanese army or bear the militia.