Monday, October 22, 2007

Hezbollah Warns US Not to Set Up Base

"BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Hezbollah's deputy leader warned the U.S. on Sunday against setting up a military base in Lebanon, saying the guerrilla group would consider such a move ``a hostile act.''

Sheik Naim Kassem's warning came days after a senior Pentagon official said the U.S. military would like to see a ``strategic partnership'' with Lebanon's army to strengthen the country's forces so that Hezbollah would have no excuse to bear arms......

``The Lebanese, who have seen the American failure in Iraq ... must be aware that what the administration of President Bush is aiming at is something else other than supporting the Lebanese army,'' Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah said in a statement faxed to The Associated Press......."

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