Thursday, August 8, 2013

Binocular Snapshot for 08/08/2013

Gunmen stormed the policeman's home late Wednesday night in the city of Tikrit, about 80 miles north of Baghdad, killing the policeman, his wife, two sons and one daughter, later and after neighbors started to gather around the policeman's house, a car bomb parked about yards away exploded, killing eight people and wounding 30.

The failures will mount up

26-year-old soldier from Mill City, Ore Spc. Nickolas Welch died Tuesday in Bethesda, Md., of injuries sustained on July 23, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in Wardak Province

Welch was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga.

They were visiting the grave of a relative, a tribal elder named Haji Khayali who worked for a security company and who was killed by the Taliban earlier this year, the dead man's brother, Haji Ghalib, who said his daughter was among those killed Thursday, blamed the Taliban for the attack.

Ghalib, who was not with his family when the bombing happened.

Four Israel Defense Forces soldiers were wounded early Wednesday in an explosion that occured near the Lebanese border. The troops were involved in cross-border operations when the blast occurred

An IDF spokesman who briefed the media about the incident on Wednesday morning said that the army was investigating, and would continue to maintain security along the northern border

Hezbollah prepared two IEDs, each consisting of four small containers filled with iron ball bearings, and detonated them 20 seconds apart as the soldiers crossed into Lebanese soil. The newspaper said that the incident showed the reach of Hezbollah’s intelligence.
The Israeli force fell into a prepared ambush,” read the Lebanese article. “Apart from the great intelligence secrets that accompanied this confrontation, the enemy now finds himself facing a tough question: How did Hezbollah know about us?

Two of the soldiers were rushed into surgery, while the other two were in the intensive care unit, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 10.

Hezbollah has an intelligence apparatus that allowed the party to learn the time of the Israeli patrol’s incursion, and to subsequently prepare an explosive trap within range from two of the largest Israeli border outposts.

As a result, Israel faces even more embarrassing questions: How did Hezbollah learn about the mission? How was it able – and how did it dare – to set up an ambush in this area without being noticed?

“What we witnessed in 2006 is the very tip of the iceberg,” said the official, referring to the 33-day war between Israel and the Lebanese-based Shiite militia Hezbollah. In that case, a third of the country was forced into bomb shelters for a month while rockets rained down on northern Israel.

Nearly 4,000 rockets were fired into Israel, killing more than 40 civilians and causing widespread devastation to property and the economy.

Hezbollah is now believed to have 60,000 to 100,000 rockets that boast longer ranges, improved accuracy and larger warheads, “This will be a whole new ballgame,” the official said.

Written at LastDayWatchers