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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Hizbullah holding commanders accountable for performance in 2006 war; Israel is not

Hizbullah holding commanders accountable for performance in 2006 war; Israel
is not

Geostrategy-Direct,, December 27, 2006

Hizbullah is not your average terrorist group. Iran established Hizbullah
along the lines of modern military and intelligence organizations.

So, Hizbullah has been drawing lessons from its 34-day war with Israel in the summer of 2006. Hizbullah commanders who have not measured up have been reprimanded, demoted or dismissed.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is leading investigations into the performance of Hizbullah units and commanders. IRGC has drafted recommendations and Hizbullah Secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah has been implementing them.

Nasrallah dismissed a key Hizbullah commander because of his performance
during the war. Hassin Jamil Yunis was responsible for Hizbullah in the
Bekaa Valley near the Syrian border and was blamed for repeated Israeli
military strikes on Hizbullah's logistical center there. In one of those
strikes, about 50 Hizbullah troops were killed.

Lebanese sources said Hassin was blamed for failing to prepare for Israeli
strikes. They cited a raid by Israel's Sayeret Matcal, or General
Reconnaissance forces, toward the end of the war in August.

Ironically, Israel's military has done almost no house cleaning since the
war. The main reason is the fear by Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan
Halutz that he would only encourage critics who have been calling for his

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