FRONTLINEDavid Lewis traveled there to find HezbollahSat Jul 22, 2006 05:02
As international pressure mounts for Syrian troops to leave Lebanon, Hezbollah, the radical Islamic movement armed and funded by Syria and Iran, has rallied its followers in Lebanon to defend Syria's continued military presence in the country. Before the latest upheavals in Lebanon, FRONTLINE/World reporter David Lewis traveled there to find Hezbollah, and understand why it has become such a potent force in Lebanese politics. read more
Reporter/Producer: David Lewis
The full segment can be streamed in the following clips.
• Clip 1 (length 6:13)
• Clip 2 (length 6:53)
• Clip 3 (length 7:34)
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Inside "Hizbullah the Party of God"
The Party of God Hizbullah: Views and Concepts
On July 12, 2006 Israel launched a war against Lebanon variously called "Operation Just Return" 1, "Operation Just Reward"2 and "Change of Direction"3 in response to the capture of two IDF soldier by Hizbullah near Aita Shaab on the border with Israel in South Lebanon.
The consequences for Lebanon were devastating, precipitating in the course of the first few days a major humanitarian crisis and the evacuation of virtually all foreign nationals.
The link below, when added as a network link to the Google Earth program, provides a (very incomplete) overview of major incidents of the first days of the war:
(Last modified date at bottom of page)
The file can either be added to Google Earth as a "network link" (use the "Add" menu) or downloaded to disk by clicking the URL above and loaded into the program with ("Open file"). When added as a network link, it will be updated if a newer version of the file exists either when the page is reloaded or Google Earth is restarted.
(Because of its size, the file cannot be viewed in its entirety in Google Maps.)
All the information on the map has been collected from media available on the internet, including net-based newspapers, wire services, radio and TV broadcasts. Information garnered from blogs have susequently been confirmed by the media. All information from such action is subject to censorship and distortion from the military, eyewitnesses and media, but all things being equal it should give a reasonable impression of the extent of the catastrophe. Incidents that have proved impossible to locate precisely are either placed offshore or in the nearest unpopulated area.
A kml-type map file containing all Israeli airports and air force bases can be found here: http://almashriq.hiof.no/israel/900/910/912/maps/Israeli_Airports.kml
Rome Conference to Bring Together Major Players to Discuss Israel-Hizbullah Ceasefire
The top U.N. envoy on Lebanon-Syria issues says U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has called a high-level international conference next week to try to reach agreement on the political underpinnings of a ceasefire between Israel and Hizbullah.
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