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Units from the Lebanese army briefly took up positions near the Beirut headquarters of Syrian army intelligence on Saturday afternoon and later withdrew, an AFP correspondent witnessed.
Eight armoured personnel carriers had moved into position close to the offices, located near the Hotel Beau Rivage and the seafront in southern Beirut, and a number of troops were seen on foot.
The Lebanese told the officials that Lebanon has no further claims against Israel and that they do not understand why Hezbollah insists on continuing hostilities over the Sheba Farms region.
DAMASCUS - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told parliament on Saturday that Syrian soldiers will withdraw to positions in Lebanon's Bekaa, adding that a withdrawal of forces from Lebanon is in Syria's interests.
Originally posted by The Vagabond
If Seekerof is right (and he very well could be), and the US knows it, then we would have to be insane to not find some pretext to drive the Syrians out of Bekaa immediately. Finding those WMDs would be a major political event. Those nations which have sometimes been called "the axis of appeasement" would have some serious damage control ahead of them to cover something like this up.
So here's the question, how capable are Lebanese forces, how cooperative will they be the USA, and with only limited help from us, can they drive the Syrians out of Bekaa quickly? I really don't see us doing this on our own, but I'd bet there are at least some in the pentagon itching for vindication by such means.
Originally posted by rg73
Lebanese forces would have about zero chance against Syria. Either we go in or use the Israelis as a proxy force to do it force us (though that has about zero political popularity).
The fact that Europe seems to be behind us on this one is helpful, but with our forces taxed already, and with the Syrians actually possessing at least chemical and biological weapons of their own (if not Saddam's), and with them actually having working SCUDS, and with them getting all the help they'll want from Iran.....yeah, it's going to be messy. At it seems it will inevietabley lead to an attack on Iran as well. Which, I'm sure, is the plan.