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spindrifter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-15-06 09:25 PM
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Lebanese PM hints at anti-Hezbollah move
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Trying to defuse the crisis, Lebanons prime minister indicated he might send his army to take control of southern Lebanon from Hezbollah guerrillas a move that might risk civil war. In a more ominous sign that the struggle could spread, Israel accused Iran of helping fire a missile that damaged an Israeli warship, a charge Iran denied.

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Choking back tears, Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora went on television to plead with the United Nations to broker a cease-fire for his disaster-stricken nation.

The Western-backed prime minister, criticizing both Israel and Hezbollah, also pledged to reassert government authority over all Lebanese territory, suggesting his government might deploy the Lebanese army in the south, which Hezbollah effectively controls.

That would meet a repeated U.N. and U.S. demand. But any effort by Sanioras Sunni Muslim-led government to use force against the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah guerrillas could trigger another bloody civil war in Lebanon. Many fear the 70,000-strong army itself might break up along sectarian lines, as it did during the 1975-90 civil war.

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