LEBANON: The Military Raises the Risk of Wider War

The civil war that has transformed Lebanon into a scarred battlefield took a sudden and risky turn for the worse last week. Two Lebanese air force Hawker-Hunter fighter jets strafed and rocketed Moslem and Palestinian troops that were besieging Damur, a rightist-held town a few miles south of Beirut International Airport. The attack represented the first time that Lebanese armed forces had plunged openly into major combat since the shooting began nine months ago.

The air force foray heightened the possibility that the Palestine Liberation Organization might enter the Lebanese war in a major way. While some smaller Palestinian organizations...

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