Iran Training Hizbullah Forces to Wage War on Israel

[Independent-UK] Robert Fisk - The body of a Lebanese Shia fighter from the Hashem family was flown home last month from Iran after he was killed in live firing exercises. It is an open secret that thousands of young men have been leaving their villages in southern Lebanon for military training in Iran. Up to 300 men are taken to Beirut en route to Tehran each month and the operation has been running since November 2006; in all, as many as 4,500 Hizbullah members have been sent for three-month sessions of live-fire ammunition and rocket exercises to create a nucleus of Iranian-trained guerrillas for the "next" Israeli-Hizbullah war. Hizbullah also has been building underground bunkers in the fields and beside the roadways east and south of Jezzine in southern Lebanon.

2008-04-08 01:00:00

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