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ISRAEL - NEW OFFENSIVE - HEAVY GROUND LOSSES

 
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ISRAEL - NEW OFFENSIVE - HEAVY GROUND LOSSES
They can't win on the ground against Hezbollah.

MIL-2LD LEBANON-ISRAEL
Israel sustains heavy losses as it advanced in the eastern sector - sources

SIDON, South Lebanon, July 30 (KUNA) -- Israel has sustained heavy losses as it launched a new ground assault in the eastern sector of South Lebanon on Sunday, Lebanese security sources said.

Israeli troops advanced in the eastern sector today in an endeavor to separate the Marjaayoun and Kafarshuba from the Bint Jbail town, the sources said, noting that Hezbollah fighters showed stiff resistance against the advancing Israeli troops.

Israel is expected to commit a series of brutal military operations, likewise the Qana massacre of today to cover up for its failure in achieving its declared objectives, foremost the destruction of Hezbollah forces.

An Israeli aircraft fired a missile on a three-storey building in the town of Qana earlier today, killing more than 55 civilians mostly children. (end) ams.sm.

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch:

MIL-4LD LEBANON-ISRAEL
Israel warplanes launch attacks on several Lebanese targets

BEIRUT, July 30 (KUNA) -- Israeli warplanes bombarded several Lebanese targets near Baalbek city, said a Lebanese security source Sunday.

The source told KUNA that the warplanes bombarded the hilltops of the Al-Yamouna town near Baalbek.

Mock air raids over Baalbek and northern Bekaa Valley was also conducted by the Israeli air force, added the security source.

A Lebanese Military base in Al-Zaina Valley was bombarded without any casualties reported, said the source who added that an Israeli reconnaissance plane flew over several towns in western Bekaa valley.

In another development, two Israeli military vehicles were destroyed by Hezbollah fighters.

A statement by Hezbollah said the vehicles were destroyed at Kfarkila village in southern Lebanon. The statement added that several rockets will be launched on northern Jewish settlements in retaliation to the Israeli massacres in Qana village. (pickup pervious) oh.

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Since Syria has promised its full support to the valiant Hezbollah, I would think it would include some advance missiles. Just a guess.
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The longer Israel waits to attack on the ground, the worse it will be for them.

I imagine men are streaming from Syria into Lebanon to fight.
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The longer Israel waits to attack on the ground, the worse it will be for them.

I imagine men are streaming from Syria into Lebanon to fight.
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Average IDF soldier >>> scared



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Special Report: Shift in Israeli Operations
July 30, 2006 16 54 GMT
Stratfor.com

At this moment there appears to be a major shift taking place in the war. Though the scope of the operation is unclear, it appears the Israelis have shifted to a new phase of the war, focusing on broader and more intense ground operations. It could be that this is the opening phase of a broader raid-in-force against Hezbollah that might go beyond southern Lebanon. We do not know this for certain, but it does warrant alerting our readers to the possibility. Various bits of evidence point in this direction.

For example, early Sunday Israeli time, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman was quoted as saying, "We have drawn our conclusions from battles in other areas, we have learned our lesson and are about to embark on another mission. There is no intention whatsoever to occupy this region or any other -- only to arrive, to act, and when we're done, to get out."

There are reports of new areas involved in fighting and new Israeli units being engaged. For example, Israeli forces are now fighting in the area of Qana. This is a few miles southeast of Tyre and deep into southern Lebanon. We have heard that the Qana action consists of engineers, armor and infantry, indicating a more traditional combined arms effort. The engineers would be clearing mines, bulldozing fortifications and clearing roads damaged by Israeli airstrikes. Infantry would be clearing the area of anti-tank teams and opening the way for broader armored thrusts to destroy rear infrastructure and isolate forward Hezbollah positions. There are additional reports of engagements near and to the west of the Israeli panhandle in the Dan-Dafna-Metulla region, along with heavy artillery fire in this region. This would be the jump-off point for an attack both westward along the Litani and northward into the Bekaa Valley. There were extensive reports of a major armored buildup in this area over the past 48 hours. This would also explain the decision to disengage temporarily at Bent Jbail in preparation for the new phase of operations.

Interestingly, the report about Qana that we have says the attacking force is from the Nahal Division. According to Israeli media, the Galilee Division, which normally has full responsibility for the entire Lebanese border, has been given responsibility for the western half of the border, while Nahal Division has been made responsible for the eastern half. If all of this is true and the Qana fighting is being carried out by Nahal, then the action at Qana represents a drive westward from the northern panhandle rather than a northern drive from Galilee division. This is of great importance because it indicates that the armor massed in the panhandle is moving in a broad encirclement as per traditional IDF doctrine. Nahal has been moving rapidly during daylight hours. Ground operations involving the Golani Brigade were also reported in Taibe last night. If Nahal moved west, it would have passed through Taibe. If the division were planning on a move north to the Bekaa Valley, it will need Taibe. The town is in a critical location.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has canceled her visit to Lebanon. She is, however, going to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday night and return to the United States on Monday. If nothing important were happening, Rice would stick to her schedule. If the United States objected to what is happening, Israel would postpone until she left or she would be on the plane right now. Therefore, a logical conclusion is that whatever is happening makes her trip to Lebanon pointless or harmful but that she wants to signal that there is no strain in relations with Israel. If there is a major attack coming, Washington has signed off on it.

We are approaching nightfall in Israel. If this is indeed a major shift operationally -- and we simply cannot be certain at this point, in spite of pieces seeming to fall into place -- then we would expect rapid movements of Israeli forces through the night, and we should get a sense by morning, Israel time, of just how deep they expect to go. At this point, having made the decision to shift to larger-scale, more traditional operations, Israel will want to proceed as rapidly as possible for operational and diplomatic reasons. If the Israelis are going, they will be going rapidly.

It should also be noted that Israel attacked key roads and bridges along the Syrian-Lebanese border. This indicates that Israel is not intending to use those roads to attack Syria (otherwise they would have wanted them intact) but does want to protect its flank from any Syrian countermove. It is the least intrusive action Israel can take. They neither want to attack nor be attacked by Syria.

At this point, if this should take place, we will get a better sense of Hezbollah's broader capabilities. Its forward troops seemed to be extremely competent. Whether troops in other areas are equally capable remains to be seen. Also remaining to be seen is the effect of the Israeli air campaign on the militants' numbers, morale and coordination. If they are an effective fighting force, we would expect effective attacks against armored columns using anti-tank weapons and mines, and a slow evolution. If they are severely weakened, as some reports we are receiving from Lebanon say they are, the attack will be broader.

Remember that in our view Hezbollah does not expect to defeat Israel's main force, but wants to draw it into Lebanon to impose an Iraqi/Afghan style insurgency. Therefore, an apparent collapse of Hezbollah (as with the Taliban and Saddam Hussein's forces) does not necessarily mean defeat but rather can mean a shift to insurgency rather than conventional resistance. As the IDF statement makes clear, Israel does not intend to occupy and expose itself to such actions. It should also be remembered that both within and outside of Lebanon, Hezbollah has historically used terror techniques to impose penalties on enemies and shape the political environment. Hezbollah pioneered suicide bombing in Lebanon during the 1980s.

In conclusion, we do not have definitive intelligence that Israel has shifted to a radical new course. This could simply be another phase in a piecemeal operation. However, given Israeli practice in the past and political disputes within the Israeli government, we regard it as reasonable to alert our readers to the possibility of the beginning phases of a major, more traditional Israeli ground offensive designed to destroy Hezbollah in detail. We will know more clearly over the next 12 hours.
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Red Alert: Cease-Fire for Airstrikes Announced
July 30, 2006 22 09 GMT
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The U.S. State Department said July 30 that Israel agreed to a 48-hour cessation of airstrikes in southern Lebanon beginning immediately. The reason given was to allow for an investigation of the Israeli airstrike in the Lebanese village of Qana. We assume this is also intended to permit humanitarian assistance and the extraction of civilians to proceed. No mention was made of a halt to ground operations, but it was said Israel reserves the right to strike to suppress rocket fire into Israel. That means that unless Hezbollah also suspends rocket operations, Israel will continue its strikes.

It also leaves open the possibility that Israeli aircraft will be permitted to come to support Israeli ground forces that come under attack. If the cease-fire does not halt ground operations and does permit airstrikes against forces attacking Israel, and if Hezbollah does not halt rocket attacks, the announcement means relatively little. If Hezbollah does halt rocket attacks and ground attacks, it will have created a 48-hour cease-fire in the air that Israel will have to deliberately break to resume the war.

The Israeli air force has been operating intensely for almost three weeks and clearly can use a 48-hour stand down. This decision, if confirmed opens the door to a cease-fire in place that would leave Hezbollah with a draw -- a victory from Hezbollah's point of view. At this point, Hezbollah has a critical decision to make that will not be known until dawn local time, as that is when Hezbollah has launched its first salvoes at Israel in the past.

This does not halt ground operations. The end of air attacks is subject to Israel's interpretation of Hezbollah's actions. It is not clear at this moment that this is as significant as it might appear. It depends partly on Hezbollah's actions and partly on Israel's intentions. Forces that we think are moving forward are exempt from this cease-fire, and may or may not have to move without air support.

We will continue to monitor and analyze the meaning of this surprising move.
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What the mainstream news fails to explain is the heart of those Lebanonese who fled to Syria with their loved ones who made it out. Now seeing what the Israelis have done to their Country, homes and livelihood wouldn't you want to come back and join a militia if you were in their shoes and had that done to you?

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