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Ash-Shiraa (or Al-Shiraa) (Arabic: الشراع| The Sail in English) is an Arabic weekly magazine published in Lebanon.[1] The magazine is one of the oldest publications in the country.

Ash Shiraa
Editor-in-chiefHassan Sabra
Year founded1948; 71 years ago (1948)
Based inBeirut
WebsiteAsh Shiraa

History and profileEdit

Ash-Shiraa was launched in 1948.[2] It is described as an anti-Syrian publication[3] and is based in Beirut.[4]


The magazine was the first to report that the United States had been selling weapons to Iran, a scandal that was later revealed to have been part of an arms-for-hostages deal (see Iran-Contra Affair).[3] The report was published in the magazine on 3 November 1986.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mahmoud M. Hammoud; Walid A. Afifi (1994). "Lebanon". In Yahya R. Kamalipour; Hamid Mowlana (ed.). Mass Media in the Middle East:A Comprehensive Handbook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 163. Retrieved 27 September 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  2. ^ Anis Moussalem. "The Great Stages of the Lebanese Press". Opus Libani. Archived from the original on 6 May 2001. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b Hunter, Shireen T. (Spring 1987). "After the Ayatollah". Foreign Policy. 66: 77–97. JSTOR 1148665.
  4. ^ Ihsan A. Hijazi (27 December 1986). "The Press is Thriving in Lebanon". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  5. ^ Melissa Boyle Mahle (20 December 2005). Denial and Deception: An Insider's View of the CIA. Perseus Books Group. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-7867-3759-8. Retrieved 25 September 2013.