Monday, June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015 (Washington, DC) -- The Mines Advisory Group (MAG) America and the American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL) will host Bekim Shala, Country Director, MAG in an open forum to discuss the forgotten issue of landmine and unexploded ordnance contamination in Lebanon and the compounding effects of the Syrian refugee crisis on this issue.


Lebanon is still contaminated with landmines, cluster munitions, and explosive remnants of war despite years of effort by Lebanon and the international community to rid Lebanon of these destructive weapons.


The Lebanon Mine Action Center strategic mine action plan for 2011-2020 is to clear all cluster munition remnants by 2016 and for completion of landmine clearance, except for the Blue Line, by 2020. 


Unfortunately, funding shortfalls hav...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015 (Washington, DC) – At the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East/Africa conference, which opened today in Marrakesh, Morocco, the American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL) announced, in partnership with Virginia-based e-learning provider TidWiT, a commitment to provide free e-learning to Lebanese children and the Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.


Through TidWiT’s innovative e-learning platform, ATFL and TidWiT envision reaching 50,000 refugees and 10,000 teachers with digitized Lebanese and Syrian curricula, drastically cutting the costs of education from about $2000 per student (or about $1 billion per year for the 500,000 Syrian school-age refugee children) to just $20 per student.  


The Syrian crisis began in March 2011 and Lebanon has now absorbed almost 1.5 million...

Monday, April 13, 2015


Event Will Honor Renowned Lebanese-American Geneticist Dr. Huda Zoghbi and Lebanese-American Pulitzer Prize Winner Sara Ganim


April 13, 2015 (Washington, DC) – On Thursday, April 16, 2015, the American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL) will host its 17thgala awards night at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington. The event will honor two outstanding Lebanese-Americans who have made significant contributions in their fields: renowned geneticist Dr. Huda Zoghbi and Pulitzer Prize-winning CNN correspondent Sara Ganim.


The event is expected to draw nearly 400 guests, including members of Congress and such dignitaries as General George Joulwan, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, and Dr. Charles Elachi, Director of the US Jet Propulsion Laboratory.ATFL Chairman and former Secretary of Energy and Unite...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Event Draws Nearly 150 Members of Congress, Congressional Staff, Members of the Lebanese-American Community and Others to Address Looming Refugee Crisis, ISIS Threat 



March 10, 2015 (Washington, DC) – On Wednesday, March 4, the American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL) hosted a reception for the newly re-registered Congressional Caucus on US-Lebanon Relations. Held in the Rayburn House Office Building, the event drew nearly 150 people, including members of Congress, Congressional staff, the Lebanese-American community, and friends of Lebanon.


Dignitaries in attendance included Caucus co-chair Representative Gwen Graham (D-FL); Caucus members Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI); Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN); Ambassador of Lebanon to the US Antoine Ch...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Former Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham Elected Chairman, Former US Ambassador to Morocco Edward Gabriel Elected President and CEO



















July 1, 2014 (Washington, DC) – The American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL) Board of Directors has elected SpencerAbraham, former Secretary of Energy and United States Senator from Michigan, as Chairman; and longtime member and former US Ambassador to Morocco Edward M. Gabriel as President and CEO. The two will lead ATFL in its mission to support a peaceful and democratic Lebanon, and are renewing urgent calls for humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, whose numbers have reached more than 1 million, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)....

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