An Israeli warship lies off the coast of Lebanon, in the Mediterranean Sea, after it shelled the coastal highway north of Sidon, Lebanon, Friday, July 14, 2006. Israel brought its offensive in Lebanon to south Beirut on Friday, with warplanes blasting residential neighborhoods in an attempt to hit Hezbollah’s headquarters and road links. Airstrikes cut the main highway to Syria and exploded fuel tanks, sending palls of smoke over the capital.
A missile fired by Hezbollah, not an unmanned drone laden with explosives, damaged an Israeli warship off Lebanon, the army said Saturday. Elite Iranian troops helped fire the missile, a senior Israeli intelligence official said.
One sailor was killed and three were missing.
The intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information, said about 100 Iranian soldiers are in Lebanon and helped fire the Iranian-made, radar-guided C-102 at the ship late Friday.
The official added that the troops involved in firing the missile are from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, an elite corps of more than 200,000 fighters that is independent of the regular armed forces and controlled directly by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
If Iranian involvement is confirmed, President Bush in NO uncertain terms must tell Iranian President Ahmadinejad any further attack on Israel will be viewed as an attack on the United States. Any Iranian troop movement or missile staging would be a “provocative act” and Iran would pay a military cost.
Flap bets the Pentagon war planners are working overtime to plan the bombing Iran’s missile and nuclear facilities.
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