Iran's Qasem Soleimani admits involvement in the 2006 war?

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Tehran (AFP) - The shadowy head of Iran's elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, gave an insight on his role in Lebanon during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war, in a rare interview broadcast Tuesday on state television.

The 90-minute interview was presented as the first of its kind with Soleimani, top commander of the Revolutionary Guards branch that runs foreign operations.

Soleimani said he spent almost the entire duration of the 34-day conflict in Lebanon, which he entered from Syria alongside Imad Moughnieh, a commander of the Iran-backed Shiite movement Hezbollah who was assassinated in 2008.

The 2006 war killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and more than 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

Apart from a one-day mission back to Iran "one week" into the war to report to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and return with a message for Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, Soleimani said he remained in Lebanon to oversee the fight.

He also recounted how, under massive Israeli bombardment of Hezbollah's stronghold in Beirut's southern suburbs, he and Moughnieh evacuated Nasrallah from his "operations room" where they were based.

According to his account, after ferrying Nasrallah to safety, he and Moughnieh returned to the command centre.

The broadcast of the interview, carried out by Khamenei's office, comes days after it published a photo allegedly showing Nasrallah next to Khamenei and Soleimani, in an apparent recent meeting between the three in Tehran.

 
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  • XMyso

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    “The 2006 war killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and more than 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.”
    Damn terrorists, most of their kills are civilians.
    Two main factors would be: (1) It was on Lebanese soil. (2) Hezbollah's main bases are underground beneath populated cities.
     
    CitizenOfTheRepublic

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    Two main factors would be: (1) It was on Lebanese soil. (2) Hezbollah's main bases are underground beneath populated cities.
    Here are two better factors for you: either the IDF was incompétent enough to kill civilians in spite of their advanced precision guided caca, or they wanted to kill them.
     
    XMyso

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    Yeah I heard he had a main base at the casino bridge!
    Your silly sarcasm doesn't just change the fact that most of the Israeli bombings happened in the Dahieh populated areas. Heck, even the airport you use is monitored and dug under by Hezbois.
     
    XMyso

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    Or the third factor could be that the Israehelli apartheid entity deliberately and indiscriminately bombs civilian targets.
    Is that why they threw flyers before they bombed and you came safely to the Jabal?
     
    XMyso

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    Here are two better factors for you: either the IDF was incompétent enough to kill civilians in spite of their advanced precision guided caca, or they wanted to kill them.
    IDF would surely want to kill civilians hosting enemies. But that's not a main factor as to why many Leb Civillians got killed.
     
    CitizenOfTheRepublic

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    IDF would surely want to kill civilians hosting enemies. But that's not a main factor as to why many Leb Civillians got killed.
    Numbers don’t lie. Now feel free to spin and justify, at the end of the day the numbers show the mighty IDF was either incompetent or intent on killing civilians.
     
    XMyso

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    Numbers don’t lie. Now feel free to spin and justify, at the end of the day the numbers show the mighty IDF was either incompetent or intent on killing civilians.
    Numbers don't lie. But you do in your interpretation of them. The Beirut suburbs are neither strategic nor relevant in defeating Israel. Hezbollah has masses of land in South Lebanon that are not populated and facing the borders. If Nasrallah cared about Shiah citizens, he should remove Hezbollah tunnels and bases from populated areas and fight from the mountains and deserted valleys.

    But the wasp strategy of Hezbollah and Hamas doesn't work without human shields. You know it as much as I know it. They're city militias that thrive on putting many innocents in the way of fire.
     
    Joe tayyar

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    Your silly sarcasm doesn't just change the fact that most of the Israeli bombings happened in the Dahieh populated areas. Heck, even the airport you use is monitored and dug under by Hezbois.
    Why would the Israelis bomb da7ieh, what threat can da7ieh coz to israel. Its like 80 km away from the borders. But in fact da7ieh, a highly populated area got bombed for 33 days nonstop by the Israelis.
     
    XMyso

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    Why would the Israelis bomb da7ieh, what threat can da7ieh coz to israel. Its like 80 km away from the borders. But in fact da7ieh, a highly populated area got bombed for 33 days nonstop by the Israelis.
    Because Hezbollah (for some odd reason) congests it's militia tunnels, bases, factories, weapon storages, etc in there. I never understood why. It's perhaps mostly a survival instinct and they feel secure in highly condescend shiah populations. Like Druze in hasbaya who have masses of land but build on top of each other in packed zones.
     
    Joe tayyar

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    Because Hezbollah (for some odd reason) congests it's militia tunnels, bases, factories, weapon storages, etc in there. I never understood why. It's perhaps mostly a survival instinct and they feel secure in highly condescend shiah populations. Like Druze in hasbaya who have masses of land but build on top of each other in packed zones.
    Inno they bombed da7ieh for 33 days, wallaw ma nfajar wala saroukh in their stores. There not a single story, even from the israeli side that they found rockets in da7ieh, but in fact they killed civilians thinking that the shiaa will turn against HA, but they were surprised after the war!
     
    XMyso

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    Inno they bombed da7ieh for 33 days, wallaw ma nfajar wala saroukh in their stores. There not a single story, even from the israeli side that they found rockets in da7ieh, but in fact they killed civilians thinking that the shiaa will turn against HA, but they were surprised after the war!
    In Lebanon, there's never any drastic changes where a party loses all its power (only outlier is Chamoun). And Israel knows that.
     
    XMyso

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    Khayye, when the Leb Army attacked Arsaal, how many citizens vs miltiia members died? It's not because the Leb Army is criminal. It's because they were going against a city militia. Same goes for Israel.
     
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