|At the scene of today's attack on French |
UNIFIL soldiers [Image Source]
- In May 2011, a convoy of Italian soldiers was hit, killing one, wounding six.
- In July 2011, a convoy carrying French soldiers was hit, wounding five.
- And in the most deadly of the recent attacks, a bomb was fired at a UNIFIL armored personnel carrier in June 2007, just near the Israeli border (where the Hezbollah are forbidden to have any weaponry - hah). It killed six Spanish peacekeepers.
Here's a Lebanese comment on the rising religious/military fervor in Hezbollah circles:
"Anyone monitoring Hezbollah’s rhetoric over the last several days could not but notice a spike in its apocalyptic pitch. Perhaps it was the religious occasion of Ashura, but more likely, it was the result of the tense regional situation, namely the increased paranoia in Tehran. Convinced that an attack against them is imminent, the Iranians are now preparing for war and publicly declaring that Hezbollah, and thus Lebanon, will be their first line of defense. That is why in his most recent speeches, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has been preparing the Shia community in advance for the ruin that awaits them as a consequence... The group’s first and foremost task is to be Iran’s long arm. The Iranians are now making this fact known explicitly. Two weeks ago, Yahya Rahim Safavi, former commander of the Revolutionary Guards and military adviser to Iran’s Supreme Guide, Ali Khamenei, declared that in case of an Israeli attack on Iran, the Iranian retaliation will come from Lebanon, “because all the Zionist cities are within the range of our ally Hezbollah's Katyushas.” In other words, the order has been given and Hezbollah is up to bat." [More]