Debka is reporting that Hezbollah conducted a command post exercise in preparation for seizing control of Lebanon.
Hizballah last Thursday, Oct. 28, conducted a command exercise in all parts of Lebanon to test its armed militia’s readiness for what its leaders called “zero hour” i.e. asserting its grip on Lebanon and “cornering” Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Debkafile’s military sources report the exercise took all day and led up to the sabre-rattling speech delivered by Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah that night, which was interpreted by all Lebanese factions interpreted as a declaration of war on their government and the prologue to heating up the border with Israel.
The Shiite terrorist group made no bones about the reasons for its war stance – just the opposite:
1. Hizballah found it necessary to answer the Israel Defense Forces’ recent “electronic exercise,” in keeping with a top-level Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah decision never to leave any American or Israel military step without response.
2. It was a practice for the military action planned for the hours leading up to the Special Lebanese Tribunal’s issuance of indictments against Hizballah leaders for complicity in the assassination of Lebanese ex-prime minister Rafiq Hariri five years ago.
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Lebanon News is also reporting on this exercise.
The simulation, according to the daily, preceded an electronic Israeli simulation for a future war with Hizbullah that could reach Tel Aviv. It said the Hizbullah mockup was based on a scenario of the issuance of the International Tribunal indictment accusing Hizbullah of ex-PM Rafik Hariri’s assassination.
Just a few hours before issuance of the indictment, Hizbullah plans to deploy security and political forces en masse, without bloodshed and without targeting citizens or residential areas, the report said. The quick implementation on the ground, which was carried out in less than two hours, was “designed to hold a security and military grip on large areas of Lebanon,” Al-Akhbar wrote.
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Analysis. This is but an extension of the last post on Lebanon Hezbollah Accelerates its Captivity of Lebanon. However, this raises the stakes a couple of notches. I would not be surprised if part of this exercise included taking the UNFIL forces hostage. They should be removed immediately if that is still possible.