Osama Killed but Hezbollah Strengthening in Lebanon
By Jim Kouri
While millions of Americans are celebrating the killing of the world's Number One terrorist, Osama bin Laden, the global war on terrorism is far from over. Intelligence reports coming out of Israel and Lebanon reveal some disturbing events taking place in Lebanon.
Since the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Hezbollah has increased its power in munitions and number of operatives with tens of thousands of weapons stored in civilian villages throughout southern Lebanon, a direct violation of UN Resolution 1701, according to an Israeli Defense Force intelligence report.
According to the IDF Spokesperson, the Hezbollah terrorist organization is spread out between as many as 1,000 facilities in southern Lebanon, located in 270 civilian villages. The organization continues to acquire munitions and strengthen, funded by Syria which is also smuggling weapons to it. This includes weapons which can reach populations in the center of Israel in cities such as Tel Aviv.
According to IDF intelligence, since the end of the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Hezbollah has built more that 500 bunkers in the southern Lebanon region, each one holding various weapons. In addition, the organization has built about 300 underground facilities and 100 storage units for munitions including rockets, missiles and other weapons.
The terrorist group has made certain these terror centers filled with explosives and munitions are located near hospitals, private homes and schools.
"Apparently this is Hezbollah's way of taking advantage of the civilian population of Lebanon. And the sad thing is the news media and United Nations know this situation exists but they don't allow the truth to stop them from condemning Israel when it must 'take out" one of these facilities and there's collateral damage," said former Marine intelligence officer and police executive Mike Snopes.
According to the IDF Northern Command, Hezbollah militants have doubled in number since the end of the last war.
Today, Hezbollah is estimated to have an arsenal of more than 40,000 rockets. This being the case, if war breaks out, Hezbollah will be able to launch between 500 and 600 rockets at Israel every day. One of the organization's main civilian centers for storing munitions is the village of Al Khiyam in southern Lebanon, where hundreds of rockets and mortar shells with varying ranges are stored. More than 100 Hezbollah militants operate in the village, including special forces ready for combat with IDF soldiers.
Hezbollah is thus trying to distort the balance of power in Lebanon and return to full, routine militant activity in southeast Lebanon, similar to its activity levels just prior to the war in 2006. Hezbollah militant activities are based in southern Lebanon, funded and maintained by Syria and Iran. All of these are in direct violation to the UN Security Council's 1701 decision.
Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com, and he's a columnist for Examiner.com. In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.
He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc.