Thursday, October 25, 2007

Hizbullah Threatens U.S. Troops

Hizbullah Threatens U.S. Troops On Lebanese Soil

Hizbullah threatened Monday that U.S. troops would be treated as "occupation forces" on Lebanese soil.

Hizbullah official Nawaf Mussawi made the threat in a statement to Agence France Presse.

He was commenting on alleged plans by the United States to set up a military base in Lebanon, a charge that has been made by as-Safir newspaper and denied both by the government and Army Commander Gen. Michel Suleiman.

"It is impossible to accept such a project. American soldiers on Lebanese soil will be considered an occupation force and will be treated as such," Mussawi told AFP.

"Let the Americans take (interpret) this message as they wish."

On Thursday, the pro-Syrian Lebanese newspaper As Safir reported that Washington had presented an official request to the Beirut government for the creation of U.S. army bases in Lebanon.

Despite the official denials, Hizbullah continued to warn against any such alleged plans.

On Sunday, Hizbullah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem said the creation of U.S. military bases in Lebanon would be considered a "hostile act."(AFP-Naharnet)

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