62734_ME1 INSIGHT - Hezbollah building up defensive lines north of Litani

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Date 2007-11-06 22:19:21
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Hizbullah is taking advantage of the defensive posture of UNIFIL in
southern Lebanon, especially after the attack that killed six members of
the Spanish contingent. Hizbullah is rebuilding its positions and its
communications system, especially inside villages. UNIFIL no longers
searches for weapons depots and simply reports violations to the Lebanese
army command who does nothing.

My source adds that Hizbullah has actually built two massive defense lines
north of the Litani. The design of the lines involve the use of armor.
Since Hizbullah has no tanks, it is thought that the Syrians may actually
use these defense lines if they feel the Israelis might push into Syria
through the west Biqaa.

In the aftermath of the Israeli raid against Syria last September, the
Iranians tried in vain to get the Bashar Asad regime to avenge the raid.
The Syrians were adamant in their opposition to any such resprisal. My
source believes a major confrontation in the region is bound to occur and
have decided on moving the war theater from their territories into
Lebanon, and this explains why the Syrians may eventually take the
initiative and engage the Israelis inside Lebanon. Hizbullah believes that
the US may confront the Quds brigade of the IRGC in Lebanon, since it
operates a training camp in the Biqaa valley.

My source does not even dismiss the possibility of a major encounter that
might be triggered by the failure of the Lebanese factions to agree on
electing a president by the end of this month.

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