by DAVID AXE and JASON REICH The platoon of Israeli soldiers surges through the city neighborhood, in pursuit of a heavily armed insurgent team. They’d been spotted just minutes earlier by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle orbiting high overhead. Rounding a corner, the platoon runs into the kind of low-tech obstacle that has vexed armies for [...]
Archived posts from category ‘Lebanon’
Iraq Making Own Super-Bombs?
The U.S. government has consistently blamed the proliferation in Iraq of Explosively Formed Penetrator “super-bombs” — powerful enough to kill heavy tanks — on Iranian Qods force paramilitaries. All those machine-made EFPs, they say, are evidence that Tehran is directly intervening in Iraq. (EFP pictured below striking a U.S. Humvee.) Just last week, the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat [...]
Good News, Bad News in Lebanon
The good news is that after three months battling Al-Qaeda-allied Sunni Muslim militants holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon, Beirut can finally declare victory in this particular fight. On September 2, after a Lebanese army assault that killed 39 Fatah Al-Islam fighters, the surviving militants fled the Nahr El-Bared camp and [...]
Lebanese Army: Not Outgunned
The Lebanese army is not out-gunned in its fight against militants holed up in Palestinian refugee camps in the northern city of Tripoli, despite reports to the contrary. “During the fighting, Fatah al-Islam fired antiaircraft guns and mortars and used night-vision goggles and other relatively sophisticated equipment. The Lebanese army does not have such advanced gear,” The New [...]
A Better Future for Beirut?
The ongoing fight between Lebanese troops and Fatah al-Islam militants is another signpost on the road to a brave new future in which traditional states will succumb to criminals, terrorists and guerilla groups, according to some observers. On the contrary, I believe the Lebanese army’s assault on militia-infested Palestinian refugee camps signals Beirut’s growing strength and confidence … and a brighter future for the troubled country. A [...]
Refugee Camp Shootout
There are several large refugee camps inside Lebanon that are essentially sovereign Palestinian territory — and are too dangerous for Lebanese or Westerners to enter. Now one of them has become a battleground between the Lebanese army and Islamic militants, the Associated Press reports.
Rebuilding Lebanon (Updated!)
The United States will announce a substantial contribution to Lebanon at an international donors’ conference this week as part of an effort to rebuild the country and strengthen its western-backed government, State Department officials said. This according to the Associated Press. The total is expected to exceed the $230 million that the United States contributed [...]
War Is Boring … the Comic Strip
Here, courtesy of the super-talented Matt Bors, is the first of a series of comic strips based on my work in Iraq and Lebanon. But first, some background: Right up to the very end, the farm community near the town of Massoudiyye in northern Lebanon was untouched by this summer’s Israeli invasion. Its Lebanese farmers [...]