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22 July 2006 :: 15:07:13 pm 33057

Israeli vs. Hezbollah, Day 10

With tensions continuing to mount in the Middle East, Israeli forces moved thousands of ground troops and tanks to the Lebanese border on Friday night.
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   Roughly 1000 Israeli troops have already crossed the border into Lebanon. Theses first thousand were carrying out what Israeli commanders call “pinpoint operations” which focuses on attacking Hezbollah strongholds.

   Lebanon‘s president has warned that his army would defend the country if Israel launches a full-scale ground invasion. “Of course, the army is going to defend its land,” Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said.

   “We are not going to let anybody take our land. We are not going to let them come back and take it. While the army cannot be strong enough to be against Israel on the frontier, inside Lebanon, they can do a lot”, he added.

    Up until this point, the majority of the attacks have come from the air. Israel began pounding Lebanon with artillery and air strikes after Hezbollah militants captured two Israeli soldiers.

   Israeli General, Shuki Shachar failed to confirm whether a ground attack had been authorized or not. But lets be realistic, shall we. With the 6000 reserve soldiers that have been called to the border, it appears that even if the order has not yet been given, when it does, the Israelis will be ready.

   “All the power is going in the direction of Lebanon. Some are active, some are reserve units,” said Shachar, deputy commander of the Israeli military‘s Northern Command. “All reinforcements are going to the direction of Lebanon.”

   Apparently Israel’s goal is not to create a buffer zone as it did during its occupation of southern Lebanon from 1982 to 2000, said a senior military official. Instead, Israel wants to weaken Hezbollah to make it easier for the Lebanese army to move into areas previously controlled by the guerrillas, possibly with the aid of a beefed up international peacekeeping force, the official said. Only time will tell.

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