Soon, reservists found themselves on a Lebanese battlefield, at a disadvantage to Hizbullah guerrillas fighting on home turf. And in the midst of combat, they did what anyone wanting to influence decisionmakers would do: get on their cellphones and c
Ammar Balhas has had his house destroyed by Israeli bombardments three times in the past decade. But as he gazes at the pile of rubble that was home to him, his wife and eight children, he gives a phlegmatic shrug of the shoulders. "It's
By surviving a ferocious month-long conflict with Israel, Hizbollah has foiled U.S.-Israeli hopes of destroying the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group and emboldened its allies in Iran and Syria. The day after a tenuous U.N. truce took hold in Leba
President Bush's startling assertion yesterday -- that at the end of 33 days of warfare between Israel and the Hezbollah militia, Hezbollah had been defeated -- once again raises questions about his ability to acknowledge reality when things don*
Haaretz photographer Yaron Kaminsky was beaten by three Israel Defense Forces officers near the community of Zar'it on the northern border with Lebanon. The photographer was taking pictures of soldiers who were on their way into the country after
As it became clear that the Israelis were not going to wipe out Hezbollah, support in the White House shifted from the hard-liners, typically led by Vice President Dick Cheney, to the advocates for more diplomacy. "Israel's hesitancy kind
Tens of thousands of displaced Lebanese ventured back to their war-battered homes as Israel and Hezbollah observed the first day of a nervous truce. Plans for a multinational peacekeeping force slowly moved forward.
The winding roads of southern Lebanon led residents on a journey of discovery through scorched mountains and rubble as they returned to their devastated homes after a month of warfare. Many were disappointed at what they found.
There are 2 sides to every conflict—unless you rely on the US media for information about the battle in Lebanon. Viewers have been fed a diet of partisan coverage which treats Israel as the good guys and their Hizbollah enemy as the incarnation of ev
Hezbollah believe that it should always remain at an armed state of alert and that the resistance would then switch from a liberation role to a defensive or deterrent role.
After 31 days of fighting, Israel has nothing to show but world-wide condemnation (the US excepted), scores of dead soldiers and civilians, burned forests, displaced civilians and the expenditure of billions of dollars.
How has this postage-stamp sized area of about 10 square miles come to cause so much trouble? And why do the Israelis want it so badly that they have been willing to court war with Hezbollah and threaten to reject UN Resolution 1701 over it?
President Bush said that Israel defeated Hezbollah's guerrillas in the monthlong Mideast war and that the Islamic militants were to blame for the deaths of hundreds of Lebanese civilians.Bush admonished Iran and Syria for backing Hezbollah, which
US officials assured Israel that UN would be authorized to determine whether the area belongs to Lebanon or Syria, but that the future status of the territory would only be determined in negotiations between Israel and Farms' rightful owners.
BRITISH officials are furious with the US Administration for “jumping the gun” by declaring that al-Qaeda was behind the airline terror plot. Request was ignored by Michael Chertoff, the Homeland Security chief. Motivated by political considerations
As if the ruthless air attacks on Lebanese civilians weren't enough, Israel has been using illegal cluster munitions in populated areas of that country. Confirmed that an attack with cluster bombs was carried out on the village of Blida on July 1
[As a precursor to invading Iran.] The Bush Administration was closely involved in the planning of Israel’s retaliatory attacks. “The big question for our Air Force was how to hit a series of hard targets in Iran successfully,” the former senior inte
A tense calm took the place of more than a month of bitter fighting between Israel and Hezbollah Monday morning, as a UN-brokered cease-fire went into effect. "It's emotional," a exhausted but smiling soldier said as his unit left Leban
[You didn't know it's a contest?] Tens of thousands of Lebanese jammed bomb-cratered roads as they returned to still-smoldering scenes of destruction after a tenuous cease-fire ended 34 days of vicious combat between Israel and Hezbollah.
They’ve been taught to see Israel as an innocent victim, surrounded by irrational, barbaric anti-semites bent on destroying it. So all Israel can do is fight back.
In an article for the New Yorker, renowned investigative journalist Seymour Hersh states that the Bush administration was closely involved in last month's invasion of Lebanon by Israel, RAW STORY has learned.
This wholly unexpected resistance to a major Israeli operation has amazed the world, electrified Muslim nations and stunned Israelis, who previously dismissed Hezbollah as “a bunch of terrorists.”
[slideshow] Lebanese rescuers search for the living and the dead following an Israeli air strike which damaged an apartment in Beirut. The search that lasted through the night and following day. Click "Play" below the image to hear the phot
Israel has asked the Bush administration to speed delivery of short- range antipersonnel M-26 artillery rockets, which are fired in barrages each carrying hundreds of grenade- like bomblets that scatter and explode over a broad area, is likely to be
[fascinating account] For a month, groups of Hizbullah militants on a Lebanese hillside have withstood heavy artillery shelling and airstrikes to continue firing hundreds of rockets into Israel from positions a few hundred yards from the border.
"On Saturday, an Israeli offense consisting of more than 250 air attacks dropped 4,000 bombs within seven hours… death toll from the attacks is approaching 1,000. 1/3 were children under 12."
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert endorsed an emerging Mideast cease-fire late Friday, after a day of dramatic day brinksmanship including a threat to expand the ground war in Lebanon. The agreement calls for the deployment of 30,000 Lebanese and U
The Navy said that Petty Officer 3rd Class Ariel J. Weinmann gave the classified information, containing national defense data, to an undisclosed foreign government before he destroyed the computer.
Hundreds of Israeli tanks, missile launchers and other armor massed in the north, firing a thunderous barrage of artillery into Lebanon as soldiers crossed the border from the Metulla area in larger numbers than in previous days.
"We know who our first enemy is: America," he shouted before tearful mourners at a funeral for 30 civilians killed by an Israeli airstrike. The white-turbaned sheikh led the crowd in a militant chant: "Death to America! Death to Americ