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Posted on Jan 5, 2009 in War College

Flashpoint Gaza Analysis – January 4, 2009

By John Antal

LATEST INTEL UPDATE: On Saturday, January 3, 2009, IDF forces executed the ground attack phase of “Operation Cast Lead” by sending ground forces into the Gaza Strip. This latest IDF action against Hamas includes a large number of IDF forces, including infantry, tanks, engineers, artillery and intelligence units, along with the support of the Israel Air Force, Israel Navy, and special Israel Security agencies. The Arab web site Al Jazeera reported that Israeli troops had reached the towns of Beit Lahiya and Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza in the early hours of Sunday morning and that heavy fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas fighters in areas such as Zaytoun, near Gaza City, as Israeli forces have cut the Gaza Strip in half and are ringing Gaza City itself . . .


To read the entire analysis of Operation Cast Lead by John Antal, a retired U.S. Army colonel and military historian who trained with the Israeli Defense Forces, click here. Copyrighted material; may not be reproduced in any form without written permission.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In light of recent developments, John Antal updated his article on January 8. The attached pdf is the updated version.

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