Syria Is Posed To Invade N. Lebanon
Syrian masses 10,000 commandos on border to invade N. Lebanon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
23 Sept.: Damascus is pressing forward with its plan to occupy Greater Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city and port. To this end, 10,000 Syrian commando troops have massed at Abboudieh on the Lebanese border ready to follow an advance force which occupied seven villages around the northern city earlier this month, as first disclosed by DEBKAfile on Sept. 20. It is now engaged in building fortifications and paving military road links for the main body of special forces to move in.
Syrian occupation of northern Lebanon will make profound inroads on the strategic position of the United States and Israel in this part of the Middle East, but Washington and Jerusalem have decided to turn a blind eye.