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07-13-2006, 11:09 AM
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Trying to move hostages to Iran?/cursing This is getting worse by the hour

Israel Claims Hundreds of Hits in Lebanon
Jul 13 11:40 AM US/Eastern


By SAM F. GHATTAS
Associated Press Writer


JERUSALEM


Israel has hit hundreds of targets in Lebanon as part of its effort to force the release of two soldiers captured by Hezbollah guerrillas, a top Israeli general said Thursday.

Israel intensified its attacks against Lebanon on Thursday, blasting Beirut's airport and two Lebanese army air bases near the Syrian border, and imposing a naval blockade. More than 50 people have died in violence following the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah militants.



Warplanes punched holes in the runways of Beirut's international airport and two military air bases, attacks that could draw the Lebanese army into the conflict.

Israel has information that Lebanese guerrillas who captured two Israeli soldiers are trying to transfer them to Iran, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said. Spokesman Mark Regev did not disclose the source of his information.

Speaking to reporters, Maj. Gen. Udi Adam, the chief of Israel's northern command, said Israel was targeting infrastructure in Lebanon that held rockets and other arsenals belong to Hezbollah.

Hezbollah guerrillas launched more than 80 rockets and mortars into Israel on Thursday.

"I imagine over time that we will be able to rid ourselves of this threat entirely," he said.

He also said the army was not ruling out sending ground troops into Lebanon.

Israel's army chief Brig. Gen. Dan Halutz warned that "nothing is safe" in Lebanon and said Beirut itself _ particularly Hezbollah offices and residences _ would be a target.

Hezbollah fired rockets into northern Israeli towns and said it was using a new missile that appeared to be more advanced than previous models. One Israeli was killed and 12 were injured.

The militant group also said it would rocket the key Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel hit Beirut, a strike that would be the deepest ever into Israel by the guerrillas _ some 18 miles.

Two days of Israeli bombings, the heaviest air campaign against its neighbor in 24 years, had killed 47 Lebanese and wounded 103, Health Minister Mohammed Jawad Khalife said. Besides the Israeli civilian, eight Israeli soldiers had also been killed.

Both sides played a high stakes game following the capture of the two soldiers by Hezbollah: Israel sought to end Hezbollah's presence on the border, while the guerrillas insisted on trading the captured soldiers for Arab prisoners.

Trapped between the two sides was Lebanon, which Israel said it held responsible for Hezbollah's actions. The Lebanese government insisted it had no prior knowledge of the Hezbollah raid and did not condone it.

Hezbollah fighters operate with almost total autonomy in southern Lebanon, and the government has no control over their actions. But Lebanon has long resisted international pressure to disarm the group.
The Israeli warnings of more attacks caused panic in Beirut, and many people stayed home from work. Long lines formed at gas stations and supermarkets were packed.

The violence reverberated throughout the region and pushed crude oil prices to a new intraday record of $76.30 a barrel.

Western countries, Russia and the United Nations called for restraint and demanded the return of the soldiers. The Arab League called an emergency meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo on Saturday. The Lebanese Cabinet urged the U.N. Security Council to intervene.

The European Union criticized Israel for using what it called "disproportionate" force in its attacks and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he was planning a peace mission.

President Bush pledged to work with Israel, criticizing Hezbollah for thwarting efforts for peace in the Middle East.

"My attitude is this: there are a group of terrorists who want to stop the advance of peace," he said at a news conference in Germany. "The soldiers need to be returned."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned that Israel's Lebanon offensive "is raising our fears of a new regional war" and urged world powers to intervene.

Middle East satellite TV stations focused on the violence, and one station showed a man holding a baby killed in the Israeli bombings.

The eight Israeli soldiers killed so far is the highest death toll for the army in four years. Three soldiers died in the initial Hezbollah raid, and four were killed when their tank struck a land mine Wednesday.

In northern Israel, thousands of civilians spent the night in underground shelters as Hezbollah fired rockets at northern Israel. A 40-year-old Israeli woman was killed and five people were wounded in the rocket attacks, the Israeli army reported.

After hitting roads and bridges in the south all day Wednesday, Israel dramatically expanded its campaign Thursday with their biggest offensive in Lebanon since Israel's 1982 invasion.

Israeli warships imposed a naval blockade of Lebanese ports, and the Israeli military said it could also target the Beirut-to-Damascus highway, the main land link between Lebanon and the outside world.

Military jets attacked runways at the Rayak air base in the eastern Bekaa Valley, police said, and at the Qoleiat air base near the Syrian border in the north. Rayak, four miles west of the Syrian border, is home to the country's main military air base and is military headquarters in eastern Lebanon.

Because Lebanon's army has no operational fixed-wing aircraft and only operates helicopters _ which can take off or land anywhere _ the attacks appeared to be mostly symbolic.

Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz said his forces would not allow Hezbollah guerrillas to occupy positions along the southern Lebanese border.

"If the government of Lebanon fails to deploy its forces, as is expected of a sovereign government, we shall not allow Hezbollah forces to remain any further on the borders of the state of Israel," Peretz said.

Air force Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel said the campaign was likely Israel's largest ever in Lebanon "if you measure it in number of targets hit in one night, the complexity of the strikes." The last major offensive against Lebanon was in 1996 when about 150 Lebanese civilians were killed.

Travelers to and from Beirut were stranded all over the region and beyond after the airport strike. Among them was Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh, who was returning from a visit to Armenia and _ like many _ was forced to make his way home through Syria.

Israeli warplanes blasted craters into all three runways at the airport, located by the seaside in the Lebanese capital's Hezbollah- controlled southern suburbs, forcing incoming flights to divert to Cyprus. The main terminal of the $500 million airport remained intact.

The Israeli military said it struck the airport because it is "a central hub for the transfer of weapons and supplies to the Hezbollah terrorist organization."

It was the first time since Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon and occupation of Beirut that the airport was hit by Israel. The Israelis in 1968 sent commandos to Beirut airport, blowing up 13 passenger planes in retaliation for Arab militants firing on an Israeli airliner in Athens.

Details from the violence included:

_ An Israeli missile hit Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV studios in southern Beirut, station official Ibrahim Farhat said. One person was hurt; broadcasts continued. An Al-Manar transmission antenna hit near Baalbek stopped transmissions in that area.

_ A civic center attached to a Shiite Muslim mosque near the town of Baalbek was hit.

_ A Lebanese family of 10 and another family of seven were killed in their homes in the village of Dweir, Lebanese officials said.

_ Among the dead Lebanese were a soldier and a Hezbollah fighter.

_ Hezbollah fired rockets at the northern Israeli towns of Safed, Nahariya, Kiryat Shmona, and Carmiel, saying it was using a rocket called "Thunder 1" for the first time. The missiles appeared to be more advanced than the inaccurate Katyusha _ the standard Hezbollah rocket.

The Israeli army said several rockets had landed more than 12 miles south of the border, showing that Hezbollah has managed to extend its missiles' range.

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07-13-2006, 11:28 AM
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This is definatly getting ugly!/Wow

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07-13-2006, 12:27 PM
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I think we are staring in the eyes of a future WWIII

President of Iran Achmad Ahmadinejad believes he is the CHOSEN one and that a third of the world's population should be removed....that is what scares the CRAP out of me. I'm horrible with remembering these foreign names but I read that and my first thought (which freaks me out) is nukes. How else are you going to get rid of that many people in a short amount of time?

He believes that once a third of the population is gone....the prophecy will return. This guy is really off his rocker...that being said...he is capable of doing what ever the hell he wants.

I just wonder how long it takes before the US decides this is our battle and we join in? Can we appoint a new President and fast?

I think them closing our Mexican borders was much more than just keeping illegals out....think about it. I think we are going to see a nuke very soon.

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07-13-2006, 01:15 PM
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Agreed Katie. Things have been tense in that part of the world for quite some time and it's not a matter of if but when over there. It is a shame that most of these places can not agree on anything and even when agreements are reached it is just a matter of time before some sicko terrorist bombs something and ruins it.
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07-13-2006, 01:27 PM
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Then again, they have been fighting each other over in the Mid. East for thousands of years. Sure the weapons are different, but some of the things they are fighting over are the same.

As for the border thing, someone could walk over from Canada easily if they wanted to cause harm here. That is a more difficult border to monitor just because of it's size.

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07-13-2006, 01:57 PM
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Israeli officials say a rocket has hit Haifa, a major port city in
northern Israel, The Associated Press reports.

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07-13-2006, 01:58 PM
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http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,...29,00.html
Calling this WWIII is not warranted yet however.Premature titleization.....lol
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07-13-2006, 02:04 PM
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i just dont get these people and hate that i have thoughts like "just blow your countries away and stop bit**ing already"!
I mean it really is like every other year with these people.
ENOUGH ALREADY

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07-13-2006, 02:24 PM
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No one said anything about world war three. Lebanon and Israel have their disputes (remember the bombing of the PLO camps) before and it seems that this militant group has escaladed it. This current conflict is not tantamount to the beginnings of WW2 or WW1; it is not involving any superpowers, no one was assinated, and other countries in Europe clearly show that they do not want to get involved in another conflict, in other words, no powder keg.

And, again, regarding to nuclear weapons there is absolutely no way we are launching any. A treaty was signed and all weapons have been stripped of their warheads, at least every other country thinks, but if they see we take the intiative launching nuclear weapons who knows what could entail. The bottom line is: I think it is irrational and aducaious to call this conflict the beginning of world war three, and GWB should focus on what we were doing in the middle east prior to this conflict and just carry on.

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07-13-2006, 02:26 PM
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Quote:No one said anything about world war three

WTF do you mean,have you read the title of this thread yet?:nono: :confused:
I agree with you that it shouldn't be called that however....no need to hype what's going on...it's bad enough.
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