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November 23, 2005

Israeli Warplanes Strike Hezbollah Command Post In Lebanon

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

While we're on the topic of Hezbollah (previous post), a Lebanese umbrella organization of radical Islamic Shiite groups and organizations that oppose the West, absolutely hate Israel, and seeks to create a Muslim fundamentalist state modeled on Iran - they appear to have been emboldened over Israel's pullout from Gaza and have, with Iran's assistance, continued right along with the murder and maiming of Israelis.

But on Tuesday, Israeli warplanes struck one of the group's Lebanon command posts, in "what Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz described as the largest-scale Israeli response to cross-border attacks by Lebanese guerrillas since 2000."

Mofaz spoke just hours after Israeli fighter jets attacked a command post of Hezbollah guerrillas in south Lebanon and after army bulldozers entered Lebanon to demolish a Hezbollah post just north of the community of Ghajar.

Hezbollah and the Lebanese army denied Israeli warplanes struck in southern Lebanon on Tuesday. Israeli warplanes struck a number of Hezbollah targets Monday, Israeli security officials said.

The Israeli strike came a day after the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah fired mortars and rockets toward the Israeli-Lebanese border, wounding 11 Israeli soldiers and damaging a house in an Israeli border community. The shelling sent thousands of Israeli civilians into bomb shelters. Israeli return fire killed four Hezbollah guerrillas.

Monday's Hezbollah attack "was the largest-scale, and most hostile since the departure of Israeli forces from Lebanon (in 2000)," Mofaz said in remarks broadcast on Israel Radio. The Israeli response "was the widest against attempts by Hezbollah to escalate the situation."

Hezbollah has also carried out attacks outside the Middle East which include it's reported involvement in the January 2002 attempt to smuggle a boatload of arms to the Palestinian Authority, and in June 2002, Singapore accused Hezbollah of recruiting Singaporeans in a failed 1990s plot to attack U.S. and Israeli ships in the Singapore Straits. Hezbollah also carried out two major attacks in the 1990s on Jewish targets in Argentina - the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy (killing 29) and the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center (killing 95).

And let's not leave out Hezbollah connections to Venezuela, and its neighboring island that Natalee Holloway followers have become so familiar with - Aruba:

which have long had a well established drug trafficking, drug smuggling, and money laundering network, which had been created in the early 70s by the Cosa Nostra's Cuntrera-Caruana family.

[175] In the 1990s, the Aruba-based Mansur family, of Lebanese descent, took over the network, adding cigarette smuggling to their operations. According to U.S. court documents from March 2001,"Much of the proceeds garnered by the Mansur brothers went to Hizballah." [176]

As per our previous post, Dan Riehl addressed this issue yesterday in his Natalee Holloway post.

Hat tip - Little Green Footballs

Posted by Richard at November 23, 2005 11:22 AM

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