Friday, July 28, 2006
Blair stops by the White House; fighting rages on
From The Morning Grind

President Bush's closest ally on the war on terror, Tony Blair, stops by the White House this morning to talk about how best to address the Israel and Hezbollah situation. Blair is expected to push Bush to support a United Nations resolution for a cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah, sources in Blair's office tell CNN's Robin Oakley.

A British government spokesman traveling with Blair said the prime minister believes that the United States will be willing to support a resolution next week in the expectation that Israel will by then have sufficiently weakened Hezbollah with its military action.

Meanwhile, the fighting rages on along the Israel-Lebanon border, CNN's team of reporters, who are on the ground scattered throughout the region report. The Israeli Air Force bombed at least 110 Hezbollah targets overnight as assaults between Hezbollah and Israeli forces entered their 17th day, the Israel Defense Forces said Friday morning. Targets included rocket launchers, Hezbollah structures, tunnels, a gas station and a base in the Bekaa Valley where the IDF said Hezbollah launched long-range missiles. At least 14 rockets had landed in northern Israel by midday Friday with most landing near Kiryat Shmona and Galilee, police in Haifa said.
Posted By Mark Preston, CNN Political Unit: 7/28/2006 09:54:00 AM ET | Permalink
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