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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Formerly He·li·op·o·lis (hēˌlē-ŏpˈə-lĭs)Baalbek A town of eastern Lebanon northeast of Beirut. It is the site of an ancient Phoenician city probably devoted to the worship of Baal and is now noted for its extensive Roman ruins. Population: 30,900.

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  • I ate superb dishes at a private house north of Byblos, and delicious meat and spinach pastries from an open kitchen in the bazaar of Baalbek.

    Getting Into Another Fine Mezze

  • One of the men in charge, a thirty-six-year-old former cop from Baalbek named Jihad Lakkis, said he normally worked as a security guard at the mall.

    A Privilege to Die

  • From his base in Baalbek he roamed across the Beqaa and Lebanon, recruiting young men to join the Islamic Resistance.

    A Privilege to Die

  • They thought we would fail, Sheikh Tufayli reflected when I talked with him at his mountain redoubt outside Baalbek early one fall morning.

    A Privilege to Die

  • In 1982, Iran sent a contingent of about 1,500 Revolutionary Guards to Baalbek, in the Beqaa Valley, where they began to train and indoctrinate the core group that founded Hezbollah.

    A Privilege to Die

  • Nasrallah and other founding members recalled in later interviews a time of great camaraderie and ferment in the Baalbek barracks, where they would debate into the night after long days of training under the supervision of the Revolutionary Guard.

    A Privilege to Die

  • A formidable intellect and early activist in the Dawa Party in Iraq, Tufayli came from the wild, lawless tribal area around Baalbek.

    A Privilege to Die

  • They relocated to Baalbek, in Lebanon, where Musawi founded a new school for them.

    A Privilege to Die

  • Hezbollah supposedly was buying up land formerly owned by Christians and Druze, and resettling Shiites there to create an unbroken crescent of Shiite territory from the Mediterranean Sea through the mountains to Baalbek.

    A Privilege to Die

  • The Islamic Republic sent 1,500 Revolutionary Guards to Baalbek, and the confluence of interests quickly gave rise to Hezbollah.

    A Privilege to Die

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