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August 9, 2006
Iranian Soldiers Among Hezbollah Dead

Israeli television reports that ten Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers were among Hezbollah's dead in fighting today, identified as such by documents on the corpses. If confirmed, the deployment of Iranian military forces would allow Israel to treat Iran as a combatant in the war (hat tip: CQ readers Thomas and Marcie):

Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard have been found among Hizbollah guerrillas slain by Israeli forces in southern Lebanon, Israel's Channel 10 television reported on Wednesday citing diplomatic sources.

It said the Iranians were identified by documents found on their bodies, but gave no further details on how many were discovered or when. Neither the Israeli military nor Hizbollah representatives in Beirut had immediate comment on the report.

Iran, like fellow Hizbollah patron Syria, insists its support for the Shi'ite guerrilla group is purely moral.

This will complicate the global communiy's efforts to appease Teheran on the various peace proposals. It will make clear that the war in southern Lebanon is not a heroic native resistance but a cowardly proxy attack on Israel ordered by the Iranians. France will once again have to eat Foreign Minister Phillipe Douste-Blazy's description of Iran as a "stabilizing force" in the region.

Of course, it really changes little on the ground. Douste-Blazy may have tried blowing sunshine up Teheran's burka and Kofi Annan can pretend that Israel is the only obstacle to peace in the region, but everyone knows that Iran authors terrorism throughout the region, especially Hezbollah. Hassan Nasrallah wouldn't blow his nose without a green light fron his sponsors in the mullahcracy, and apparently not without some Iranians on hand to ensure that Nasrallah doesn't screw up.

Will Israel escalate against Iran? Probably not. This would have more leverage on the diplomatic front. For one thing, Israel has no good way to directly attack Iran, even if it wanted to do so. They can use this development as an argument for continuing operations against Hezbollah, including a drive to the Bekaa to clear out the terrorist group's liaison area with Syria and Iran.

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