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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Conflict in Middle East: Escalation, Israel Air Force strikes

Paris, FRANCE (ISRIA)- Crisis Cell From 1.05 PM | To x.xx PM - 1.13 PM - Israel Air Force strikes at Beirut's International Airport. 2.14 PM - "No War, big volume crisis" Israeli General says. 2.23 PM - The US supports Israeli counter-attack while France says it's disproportionate. 2.39 PM - Hizbullah prepares a Rocket's attack 2.44 PM - Sources say Hizbullah plans to attack the major Israeli port of Haifa 2.50 PM - On a trip to Germany, US President Bush says Israel has right to defend itself

Iran accused of participation in the capture of Israeli Soldiers - The United States accused Syria and more particularly Iran of taking an active part in current tensions between Israel, Palestinians and lebanon-based Hizballah. According to counterterrorism officials, the...

Bush pledges to work with Israel, blasts Hizbullah By ASSOCIATED PRESS US President George W. Bush pledged Thursday to work with Israel, criticizing Hizbullah for thwarting efforts for peace in the Middle East.

Text: Bush, Merkel news conference By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Text of President Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at their news conference Thursday in Stralsund, Germany, as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions.

Bush: 'Israel Has Right to Defend Itself' By VOA News 13 July 2006 President Bush and Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, called Thursday, for an end to the rising tide of Mideast violence, the release of captured Israeli soldiers and a halt in rocket attacks against Israel.

Hezbollah threatens Haifa July 13, 2006 - 10:00PM Page 1 of 3 | Single page Hezbollah guerillas threatened today to attack the major Israeli port city of Haifa and its surroundings with rockets if Israel strikes the Lebanese capital Beirut and its southern suburbs.

Israel sends first troops into Lebanon in 6 years RETRIBUTION: The offensive was in response to the seizure of two Israeli soldiers by the militant Shiite group Hezbollah. Israeli troops and tanks on Wednesday drove deep into Lebanon for the first time in six years after guerrillas from the Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah seized two Israeli soldiers in a meticulously planned border raid.

Middle East on the edge By invading Israel to kidnap two Israeli soldiers, the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah has deliberately brought the Middle East close to a major war. It appears to have done so at the request of Syria and Iran, the two nations that supply it with arms in defiance of the United Nations Security Council. The White House issued a statement Wednesday saying the attack was "clearly timed to exacerbate already high tensions in the region." The statement also held "Syria and Iran - which directly support Hezbollah - responsible for this attack."

U.S. endorses Israeli self-defense Washington voiced cautious empathy for Israel´s offensive against Lebanon. "We are urging restraint on both sides, recognizing Israel´s right to defend itself," a Bush administration official told Reuters on Thursday, when asked about escalating violence that followed Hezbollah´s killing and abduction of Israeli soldiers in a border raid. France took a different tack, calling Israel´s air strikes and naval blockade against Lebanon "disproportionate".

Iran's trap for Israel July 13, 2006 The purpose and the timing of Hezbollah's attack on Israel yesterday should be transparent to all concerned. Hezbollah's rocket attacks into northern Israel and the group's capture of two Israeli soldiers during an ambush inside Israeli territory have been presented by Hezbollah as a military action in solidarity with Hamas and Palestinians suffering under Israeli assaults in Gaza.

Israel: Nowhere In Lebanon Is Safe Army Chief Says Beirut Could Be Target If Rocket Attacks Continue JERUSALEM, July 13, 2006 A crater is seen next to planes on a runway after Israeli warplanes targeted the Rafik Hariri International AirportA crater is seen on a runway after Israeli warplanes targeted the Rafik Hariri International Airport, in Beirut, July 13, 2006. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla) "We are not at war, but we are in a very high volume crisis, and we have an intention to put an end to the situation here along the northern border." Israeli Brig. Gen. Dan Halutz Israel's air force is prepared to strike anywhere in Lebanon, including Beirut, the capital, if the Lebanese government fails to rein in Hezbollah guerrillas, the Israeli army chief said Thursday.

Blair in talks over Lebanon crisis Press Association Thursday July 13, 2006 12:48 PM Prime Minister Tony Blair is to have telephone talks with United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan on the latest Middle East crisis. He will also meet EU foreign policy envoy Javier Solana at No 10 to discuss the latest flare-up.

Hezbollah Raid Opens 2nd Front for Israel Lebanese Shiite Fighters Seize 2 Soldiers; Beirut Airport Among Sites Hit in Response By Anthony Shadid, Scott Wilson, and Debbi Wilgoren Washington Post Foreign Service Thursday, July 13, 2006; 7:38 AM BEIRUT, July 14 -- Israeli warplanes bombed Beirut's airport and a Hezbollah television station early Thursday, then imposed a blockade on Lebanon's ports and air space, in a stepped-up campaign to trap and find militants who infiltrated the Israeli border killed three soldiers and abducted two others on Wednesday morning.

Israel Blockades Lebanon by Sea and Air, Bombs Beirut By VOA News 13 July 2006 Israel bombed Beirut airport and began a sea and air blockade of Lebanon Thursday, in its intense military campaign to free two Israeli soldiers captured by Hezbollah guerrillas.

Hezbollah threatens retaliation 13 July 2006 12:42 Hezbollah in Lebanon has threatened to attack the northern Israeli city of Haifa if Beirut and its suburbs are hit by the Israeli military.

Emerging Market Currencies Slide, Bonds Rally on Israel Attacks July 13 (Bloomberg) -- Turkey's lira led a slide in emerging-market currencies today after Israel bombed Beirut's airport, escalating tensions in the Middle East and sending investors fleeing from riskier assets.

Middle East Stocks, Currencies Tumble After Israeli Strikes July 13 (Bloomberg) -- Stocks and currencies in the Middle East tumbled after Israel's air force battered Lebanon in the first incursion into the country since the army withdrew in May 2000. Government bonds in Europe and the U.S. rose.

Israel: No targets in Lebanon are immune THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JERUSALEM -- Israel's air force is prepared to strike anywhere in Lebanon, including the capital of Beirut, if the Lebanese government fails to rein in Hezbollah guerrillas, the Israeli army chief said Thursday.

Hezbollah forces Lebanon closer to war By Megan K. Stack and Rania Abouzeid, Tribune Newspapers: Los Angeles Times; staff writer Megan K. Stack reported from Cairo and special correspondent Rania Abouzeid from Beirut Published July 13, 2006 BEIRUT -- Hezbollah has long been described as a "state within a state," a Shiite mini-government in Lebanon boasting close ties to Iran and Syria, the country's largest political party and its most potent armed force.

Israel cuts off Lebanon 13/07/2006 09:10 - (SA) Jerusalem - Israel has imposed a general air, sea and land blockade on Lebanon as part of its assault launched to retrieve two soldiers snatched by Hezbollah guerrillas, army radio reported.

Beirut Airport Is Closed After Israeli Air Strikes (Update2) July 13 (Bloomberg) -- Lebanon's Rafik Hariri International Airport is closed after the Israeli air force attacked the facility and damaged its runways, the director general of civil aviation said.

Israel enforces Lebanon blockade Israel says its naval ships are in Lebanon's territorial waters to enforce a blockade after Hezbollah guerrillas captured two soldiers yesterday in a border clash.

The Same War Hezbollah, natch (opinion) By Michael Ledeen No one should have any lingering doubts about what’s going on in the Middle East. It’s war, and it now runs from Gaza into Israel, through Lebanon and thence to Iraq via Syria. There are different instruments, ranging from Hamas in Gaza to Hezbollah in Syria and Lebanon and on to the multifaceted “insurgency” in Iraq. But there is a common prime mover, and that is the Iranian mullahcracy, the revolutionary Islamic fascist state that declared war on us 27 years ago and has yet to be held accountable.

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