Middle Orient

Hersh: U.S. and Israel Preplanned Lebanese Attacks

Prominent investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh reported that Israel had previously planned to attack Lebanon prior to the Hezbollah’s kidnappings on 12 July, which is regarded as the official reason for the Lebanese war, and added that the Bush administration was “closely” interested in the war planning.

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Lebanon truce holds

Hizbollah declares victory as thousands of refugees rush back to blitzed villages in south  BEIRUT (Reuters) — A fragile UN-ordered truce took hold in Lebanon on Monday after Israel’s monthlong war with Hizbollah fighters, prompting thousands of refugees to rush back to blitzed villages in the south.

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Olmert says responsible for ‘shortcomings’

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told parliament Monday that he took full responsibility for the conduct of the battle with Hizbollah and “shortcomings”, as Israel’s wartime unity collapsed and opposition politicians began criticising the monthlong fight against the Lebanese fighters.

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Hizbollah downs Israeli copter as Lebanon approves UN resolution

Jordan says truce vote first step to end bloodshed BEIRUT (Reuters) — Israeli forces battled Hizbollah fighters in a push deeper into Lebanon on Saturday and up to 17 Israeli soldiers were reported killed, as both sides said they would obey a UN resolution on a truce — but not …

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