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Posted on 08/01/2006 8:26:51 PM PDT by blam
Israel Says It Has Captured Guerrillas
Wednesday August 2, 2006 4:01 AM
By HUSSEIN DAKROUB
Associated Press Writer
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Israel poured up to 10,000 armored troops into south Lebanon Tuesday, and separately dropped helicopter-borne commandos deep into the eastern Bekaa Valley where they raided a Hezbollah-run hospital and fought pitched battles with guerrillas, in a major escalation of the three-week-old war.
After the raid on the ancient city of Baalbek ended, the Israeli military said it had captured some guerrillas and hit others. The military statement said all its soldiers returned unharmed to their base, but gave no further details.
The raid on Baalbek, once a Syrian army headquarters 80 miles north of Israel, was the deepest ground attack on Lebanon since fighting began 21 days ago.
The ferocity of the battles in the Bekaa Valley and across southern Lebanon on Tuesday and the determination of the Israelis to keep fighting quelled expectations for an early cease-fire, although U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said an agreement on how to end the conflict was possible within days, not weeks.
Hezbollah's rocket attacks into Israel, meanwhile, diminished. Hezbollah fired just 10 rockets across the border Tuesday, well below an average of about 100 a day since fighting began.
Early Wednesday, Hezbollah's chief spokesman Hussein Rahal told The Associated Press Israeli troops landed near the Hezbollah-run Dar al-Hikma Hospital in Baalbek, about 10 miles from Lebanon's border with Syria.
``A group of Israeli commandos was brought to the hospital by a helicopter. They entered the hospital and are trapped inside as our fighters opened fire on them, and fierce fighting is still raging,'' Rahal said early in the operation.
Rahal dismissed as ``untrue'' reports that the Israeli commandos managed to snatch some patients from the...
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And once again Baal is defeated by the force of Israel!
GO ISRAEL! Let's just hope they do enough damage to the Hizzbubbly before Condi strongarms them into a "truce."
It'd be better if they were BOD's (better off dead)
Hot diggity dog!
Is this pathetic liar Rahal auditioning for the Baghdad Bob role or what?
Maybe they encountered a mean-spirited head nurse...
" The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them."... George W. Bush Sept. 20, 2001
Good work for the Israelites. I wonder how Coffee Annan is reacting now.
Sounds like the hezbullies ability to wage war has been significantly degraded.
If I had a picture of Nurse Rachet I'd post one.
I'm sure he will praise Hezbollah for showing restraint in reducing the number of rocket attacks on Israel.
Time, and time again - lies to hide the shame. They have never had a force worthy enought to stand and fight with. If it weren't for women and small children to sacrifice, they'd have no success at all. How emasculating.
High Value Targets.
i don't think the hezzabaloos, iran's president or hillary were expecting this
Hey, just for fun, let the Israel army behead one of these prisoners and watch the Arab nations, the U.N. and the media go into hysterics over this. Unfortunately, when it happens to an American soldier or hostage it might get a slight peep from these folks.
Sounds like the IDF now has a game-plan in place.
Perhaps some leaders from the earlier bombing of Hiz. headquarters?
I'll bet the captured some important folks at the hospital.
Welcome to FR chichi. Before you go around bashing Secretary of State Rice, I suggest you lurk and learn for awhile.
There's a lot going on "behind the scenes" you and I are not privileged to know. Notice the relative silence from the international community regarding Israel's actions? Makes one go, hmmmmm.....
We play chess. They play checkers.
Be patient and keep your powder dry.
Let's hope they also brought back some documents, laptops, etc...
Maybe the IDF is still having trouble with deeply entrenched positions is S. Lebanon. But by threatening the heartland (Bekka), they force the Hizzies to redeploy. To redeploy they have to move. If they move, they die. If they don't redeploy, the IDF goes after Bekka again.
I must say, I'm a little disappointed this was just a hit and run. I would prefer search and destroy in Bekka. But if the map is any indicator, the IDF force would be pretty vulnerable to a Syrian counter attack there and the supply lines would be all by air.
Thanks very much.
I would be more optimistic about Condi if there weren't so many good people --Perle e.g., --who say she should go. She's a disciplie of Scowcroft and I am worried she will try to go the "stability" route not just with Israel but with Iran, NK, etc.
But we'll see.
What are HVTs? TIA.
Here ya go:
Cutting their lines of supply and flanking them out of their fixed positions.
All day the Hezbos were saying that they had the Israeli commandos surrounded. Hey Hezbos how did that work out for you?
Sure, she learned some about diplomacy from Brent Scowcroft, but she is now a member of President Bush's cabinet.
I don't see them backing down in the WOT. Diplomacy is what it is, an attempt at peacemaking, however each side views it.
Talk softly and carry a big stick.
Bolton in the UN gives me a level of comfort.
It's a good start....now finish the g_d damn job....
Well, that would be more like GWI. This was a raid. In and out. The best they could get was a senior hezzie. And there's a thousand talking turbans ready to replace him. That game's whack-a-muz and has little upside. So the value of the raid is not cutting off supplies or flanking or whoever they captured.
That's why I said it feels more like the Doolittle raid on Tokyo. Not really much upside--a few bombs and a few buildings--until the Japanese withdrew their fleet from forward deployment across most of the Pacific in response.
How about Bolton for Secretary of State? That would be great. Or even Bolton for president, I'd totally support him more than any of the others.
Yeah, with a Hezbollah command center inside it. Anyone who hasn't gotten the pattern yet isn't paying attention.
If Scowcroft things that the Mideast was "stable" at anytime in the last 75 years, he is slightly mistaken.
Hizbalala has seats in the Leb. Gov't. Leb attacked Is.,open aggression. Unprovoked, bust em hard, and keep busting. It's a learning poject.
Oh, I think they will be back. I wouldn't be surprised if there isn't a push from the Golan to the Litani.
Bolton's doing a stellar job where he is at this time. The more he can do to make the UN irrelevant in world affairs, the better. He is suited for the job, and needed; not for the presidency.
Secretary of State Rice is incredible doing what she is doing, JMHO.
Just count your blessings that Bush and Condi are running things, not Perle and Kristol.