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The CIA has lost a foothold, and some measure of its critical anonymity, in Lebanon after some of the spy agency's operatives were exposed in recent months Last June, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah triumphantly announced that at least two agents had been nabbed within his organization's ranks (more).

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It looks like a hop, skip and a jump There's the first electrified fence, then the dirt strip to identify footprints, then the tarmac road, then one more electrified fence, and then acres and acres of trees Orchards rather than tanks Galilee spreads beyond, soft and moist and dark green in the winter afternoon -- a peaceful Israel, you might think.

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Hezbollah has threatened an escalation in its campaign against Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora unless he resigns. Hundreds of thousands of Hezbollah supporters took to the streets on Sunday, but Christian and Sunni leaders appear unlikely to bow to the pressure.

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Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, said in a Lebanese TV interview that he would not have ordered the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers had he known the scale of violence that was to follow. If he had it to do all over again, Nasrallah said, with a 1% chance that Israel would respond as it did, he would say: "No, definitely not, for humanitarian, moral, social, security, military and political reasons."

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