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Baalbeck: Stepping it up in Lebanon
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, August 01, 2006

CNN has issued a news alert:
Israeli forces are operating in Baalbeck area, northeast Lebanon — about 50 miles from Lebanese capital, Beirut, and near border with Syria.
Baalbeck is, as you might imagine, very near the Bekka valley.

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Definitely a widening of the war. And Assad is making noises as well.

Developing.

UPDATE: It appears it may have been a failed IDF special ops mission (failed in the sense that they apparently didn't get their man, but as you'll see, they got someone) that the alert was talking about:
Lebanese army officials say special IDF forces fail in attempt to kidnap senior Hizbullah member from hospital near Baalbek; Lebanese media say mark may have been Hizbullah High Council member Sheikh Muhammad Yazbek; eyewitnesses report gun battles, casualties at scene

Lebanese army and security officials said early Wednesday that special IDF forces attempted to kidnap a senior Hizbullah member from a hospital near Baalbek in the west Lebanon Valley.

Lebanese media say the mark may have been Sheikh Muhammad Yazbek, a member of Hizbullah’s High Council and one of 12 senior organization members.

It remains unclear whether the operation was successful, but witnesses said “the Jews took some people with them.”
 
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