Israel get Hezballah commander

Jerusalem Post:

For the first time since Operation Change of Direction began on July 12 following the abduction of two soldiers in a cross-border attack, the IDF confirmed on Tuesday that a high-ranking Hizbullah leader called Al-Jafar had been killed in an IAF air strike in Lebanon. The IDF would not reveal the official's exact position but said that he was high up in the organization's hierarchy and was one of the Hizbullah's regional commanders.


In fighting that was described as heroic by Brig.-Gen. Gal Hirsh, commander of Division 91, soldiers from the Golani and Paratrooper Brigades took up positions around the town of Bint Jbail clashing with Hizbullah and killed close to 50 gunmen. In Maroun al-Ras, another village in southern Lebanon, IDF troops killed five Hizbullah gunmen, including the organization's regional commander. Three soldiers were lightly wounded in the clashes and were evacuated under fire to Rambam Hospital in Haifa.

One of the ways you can tell Nasrallah was stung by the news was his bluster on TV a short time later.

- Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah vowed Wednesday that his fighters would now begin firing rockets deeper into Israel, beyond the northern port city of Haifa which has suffered under hundreds of Hezbollah barrages.

This is probably another strategic mistake. He will have to commit his long range assets and expose them to Isreali destruction. Larger missles are obviously more difficult to hide, particularly in transit and they generally take longer to set up and fire. That may be enough time for Israel to find them and destroy them. His supply is also no doubt finite which means every shot he is attritting his resources and getting weaker.


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