Lebanese doctors from Hezbollah strongholds are insinuating that Israel is using phosphorous bombs. Security Watchtower and PoliBlog clearly articulate what is obvious to everybody except the story's author: its all about the propaganda. See also, Jenin, claims of phony massacre at.
Hezbollah warlord Hassan Nasrallah is in Damascus to talk strategy with his handlers, Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iranian security chief Ari Larijani. Nasrallah is in disguise and moving about Damascus with the help of Syrian security.
The Israeli security cabinet has decided against expanding the ground campaign in Lebanon.
Al Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahri has declared his organization's support for the Hezbollah war on Israel:
"It is a jihad (holy war) for the sake of God and will last until (our) religion prevails ... from Spain to Iraq," al-Zawahri said. "We will attack everywhere." Spain was controlled by Arab Muslims for more than seven centuries until they were driven from power in 1492.
"Stand with Muslims in confronting this unprecedented oppression and tyranny. Stand with us as we stand with you against this injustice that was forbidden by God in his book (the Quran)," al-Zawahri said.
The Counterterrorism Blog discusses the battle Bint Jbeil and Hezbollah's tactical skill. Its a depressing read. Less depressing: Hezbollah's casualties were three times Israel's.
Kofi Annan's claims that Israel deliberately attacked a U.N. post may unravel in the eyes of everybody who didn't already know that Annan was a bastard anti-Semite.
UPDATE 2:34 pm CDT: IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz said that hundreds of IDF operatives were killed at the battle of Bint Jbeil. (via Israellycool)
UPDATE 3:12 pm CDT: Gateway Pundit, discussing Spain and al-Zawahri's latest missive, has a map of the Islamic empire circa 750 AD. Here's a few more, from the Perry-Castaneda map collection:
UPDATE 3:56 pm CDT: Hezbollah is claiming to have killed 35 IDF troops. They do not report their own casualties, much less the names of their own troops. Individual lives don't matter to them.
The IDF had hoped for a quick fight in Bint Jbeil, but it instead it was a tough fight that took days:
When Israel's generals sent infantry forces across the border to engage Hezbollah directly, they knew one of the first major fights would be for the town.
A swift victory in Bint Jbeil - "daughter of the mountain" in Arabic - would have provided a boost for the Israeli campaign.
But long-standing Hezbollah associations with the town ensured the group's men would fight until the end.
The "daughter of the mountain" is a whore.
The town of Bint Jbeil has a website. The Whois info indicates its managed by a person in Dearborn, Michigan.
Via this comment at an lgf thread.
6:07 pm CDT: WILLisms has another map of southern Lebanon (originally in this post). He seems to be updating it regularly. Via Airborne Combat Engineer. More maps here and here.
Israel will call up another 3 divisions for training to fight Hezbollah, about 15,000 soldiers in all. (This AP report states it will be 30,000 troops -- via Captain's Quarters.)
Ed Morrissey relates a statement claiming only three-tenths of one percent of the Israeli military has been mobilized. Despite the denials from the Israeli security cabinet, he thinks this presages much more fighting. Linking to the same AP report as Captain's Quarters, Big Pharaoh is of a similarly pessimistic opinion.
Over 100 Katyushas struck northern Israel on Thursday, wounding 13.
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