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Israel Says It Has Captured Guerrillas (Baalbek)
The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-2-2006 | Hussein Dakroub

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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1 posted on 08/01/2006 8:26:54 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

HVTs?


2 posted on 08/01/2006 8:30:32 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: blam

And once again Baal is defeated by the force of Israel!


3 posted on 08/01/2006 8:32:48 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: blam

GO ISRAEL! Let's just hope they do enough damage to the Hizzbubbly before Condi strongarms them into a "truce."


4 posted on 08/01/2006 8:34:04 PM PDT by chichilarue
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To: neodad

"HVTs?"

It'd be better if they were BOD's (better off dead)


5 posted on 08/01/2006 8:34:20 PM PDT by diverteach
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To: blam
Do you suppose the AP reporter noted a connection between the diminished rocket attacks by the Hezzies and the escalation of the attack by the Israelis?

I think he didn't, and pointed out the two facts to show that even though the Hezzies are backing down in their level of violence, the Israelis, means guys that they are, decided to escalate their violence.

I could be wrong, but I don't think so...
6 posted on 08/01/2006 8:34:25 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: blam

Hot diggity dog!


7 posted on 08/01/2006 8:34:28 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: blam
``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.

Is this pathetic liar Rahal auditioning for the Baghdad Bob role or what?

8 posted on 08/01/2006 8:34:30 PM PDT by LikeLight (deep in the...?)
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To: LikeLight

Maybe they encountered a mean-spirited head nurse...


9 posted on 08/01/2006 8:35:38 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: blam
This is fabulous news

" 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

10 posted on 08/01/2006 8:37:44 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: blam
Hezbollah fired just 10 rockets across the border Tuesday, well below an average of about 100 a day since fighting began.

Interesting.

11 posted on 08/01/2006 8:38:10 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: blam

Good work for the Israelites. I wonder how Coffee Annan is reacting now.


12 posted on 08/01/2006 8:38:42 PM PDT by ChristianDefender (There is no such thing as Moderate Islam...)
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To: blam

Sounds like the hezbullies ability to wage war has been significantly degraded.


14 posted on 08/01/2006 8:40:50 PM PDT by tomzz
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To: LachlanMinnesota

If I had a picture of Nurse Rachet I'd post one.


15 posted on 08/01/2006 8:41:00 PM PDT by uptoolate (The U.N. will be the tool of the Anti-Christ)
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To: uptoolate

16 posted on 08/01/2006 8:44:07 PM PDT by blam
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To: ChristianDefender

I'm sure he will praise Hezbollah for showing restraint in reducing the number of rocket attacks on Israel.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA !!!


17 posted on 08/01/2006 8:44:21 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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To: blam

I bet their mama misses them.


18 posted on 08/01/2006 8:46:57 PM PDT by msnimje (Uni-FAIL - UN peace keeping force in Lebanon has lived up to its name.)
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To: neodad
HVTs?

Translation, please?

19 posted on 08/01/2006 8:48:47 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: LikeLight
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.

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.

20 posted on 08/01/2006 8:50:38 PM PDT by Sax (You Done Tore Out My Heart And Stomped That Sucker Flat)
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To: hsalaw
"Translation, please?"

High Value Targets.

21 posted on 08/01/2006 8:50:53 PM PDT by blam
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To: hsalaw

HVTs?

Translation, please?




High Value Towelheads, er, Targets


22 posted on 08/01/2006 8:50:56 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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To: Sax

enought=enough


23 posted on 08/01/2006 8:51:27 PM PDT by Sax (You Done Tore Out My Heart And Stomped That Sucker Flat)
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To: blam

i don't think the hezzabaloos, iran's president or hillary were expecting this


24 posted on 08/01/2006 8:51:31 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (No.... wire .... hangers!)
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To: blam

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.


25 posted on 08/01/2006 8:53:10 PM PDT by hodaka
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To: blam

Sounds like the IDF now has a game-plan in place.


26 posted on 08/01/2006 8:54:17 PM PDT by Civ
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To: blam

Perhaps some leaders from the earlier bombing of Hiz. headquarters?


27 posted on 08/01/2006 8:54:31 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad
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To: blam

I'll bet the captured some important folks at the hospital.


28 posted on 08/01/2006 8:57:48 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done, needs to be done by the government.)
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To: chichilarue
GO ISRAEL! Let's just hope they do enough damage to the Hizzbubbly before Condi strongarms them into a "truce."

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.

Shalom.

29 posted on 08/01/2006 8:58:17 PM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: chichilarue
Condi strongarms them into a "truce."

Never happen

30 posted on 08/01/2006 8:58:50 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

Let's hope they also brought back some documents, laptops, etc...


31 posted on 08/01/2006 8:59:40 PM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: Civ
Sounds like the IDF now has a game-plan in place.

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.

32 posted on 08/01/2006 8:59:40 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Eccl 10:2; blam

Thanks very much.


33 posted on 08/01/2006 8:59:53 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: mplsconservative

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.


34 posted on 08/01/2006 9:01:52 PM PDT by chichilarue
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To: neodad

What are HVTs? TIA.


35 posted on 08/01/2006 9:04:23 PM PDT by kesg
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

Joseph Mengele?


36 posted on 08/01/2006 9:07:10 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: uptoolate
If I had a picture of Nurse Rachet I'd post one.

Here ya go:


37 posted on 08/01/2006 9:09:08 PM PDT by FreeKeys (I've got your "DISPROPORTIONATE" right here, enemedia: Hezbullies target civilians. Israel does NOT)
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To: ModelBreaker
But by threatening the heartland (Bekka), they force the Hizzies to redeploy.

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?

38 posted on 08/01/2006 9:16:09 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (999-TNS)
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To: blam

Thank You


39 posted on 08/01/2006 9:16:53 PM PDT by uptoolate (The U.N. will be the tool of the Anti-Christ)
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To: FreeKeys

Thank You


40 posted on 08/01/2006 9:17:21 PM PDT by uptoolate (The U.N. will be the tool of the Anti-Christ)
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To: chichilarue
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.

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.

41 posted on 08/01/2006 9:19:00 PM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: blam

It's a good start....now finish the g_d damn job....


42 posted on 08/01/2006 9:19:54 PM PDT by BigMacGOP
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To: Mike Darancette
Cutting their lines of supply and flanking them out of their fixed positions.

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.

43 posted on 08/01/2006 9:22:15 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: mplsconservative

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.


44 posted on 08/01/2006 9:22:40 PM PDT by chichilarue
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To: blam
Residents said the Dar al-Hikma hospital is financed by an Iranian charity, the Imam Khomeini Charitable Society, which is close to Hezbollah.

Yeah, with a Hezbollah command center inside it. Anyone who hasn't gotten the pattern yet isn't paying attention.

45 posted on 08/01/2006 9:25:58 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: mplsconservative

If Scowcroft things that the Mideast was "stable" at anytime in the last 75 years, he is slightly mistaken.


46 posted on 08/01/2006 9:26:43 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: blam

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.


47 posted on 08/01/2006 9:27:48 PM PDT by Waco
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To: ModelBreaker
This was a raid. In and out.

Oh, I think they will be back. I wouldn't be surprised if there isn't a push from the Golan to the Litani.

48 posted on 08/01/2006 9:32:36 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (999-TNS)
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To: chichilarue
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.

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.

49 posted on 08/01/2006 9:42:10 PM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: chichilarue

Just count your blessings that Bush and Condi are running things, not Perle and Kristol.


50 posted on 08/01/2006 9:55:20 PM PDT by pissant
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