Sunday, July 23, 2006

The Battle of Maroun al-Ras - Jul 23

It's amazing what you can accomplish when you actually have a clue. I've got an article from stratfor on the ongoing crisis. You'll notice that it's not the usual format, blogger does not seem to support graphics. Yep, Edit then Select All (or Ctrl+A) followed by a simple copy and paste will do wonders. This article had a beauty map in the original which is noticeably absent here.

Johnny Cash

Lebanon: The Battle of Maroun al-Ras Jul 22, 2006

Following a fierce overnight battle, Israeli paratroopers and soldiers backed by artillery and armor took the southern Lebanese village of Maroun al-Ras early July 22, effectively ending Hezbollah's use of the village as a staging area for rocket attacks against northern Israel. Later in the day, Israeli tanks moved in to consolidate and secure the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) position in the area.

If the ferocity of Hezbollah's resistance in Maroun al-Ras, a few miles northwest of the Israeli community of Avivim, is any indication of the level of fighting the IDF can expect during a major advance into southern Lebanon, heavy losses can be expected on both sides.Israel went in with paratroopers and soldiers from the Golani Brigade's Egoz Battalion, a unit that specializes in anti-guerrilla warfare (its name comes from a Hebrew acronym meaning "anti-guerrilla" and "micro-warfare") and is equipped to operate at night. Even though Egoz was fighting its own style of warfare -- a night action against guerrillas -- the soldiers had a rough time taking the town. Four Egoz soldiers were killed and six were wounded before the fighting ended. Hezbollah also claimed to have knocked out two Israeli tanks during the battle. There was no information on the number of Hezbollah deaths.Egoz officers, who have a healthy respect for Hezbollah fighters, have acknowledged the difficulties involved in ejecting them from their heavily fortified and dug-in positions. If Hezbollah is as well entrenched elsewhere, the losses will mount.

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