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Written by Newsweek   
Saturday, 17 May 2008

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BEIRUT JOURNAL
Hizbullah’s Watching
By Kevin Peraino | NEWSWEEK
May 26, 2008 Issue 

Even as Hizbullah leaders cut a deal to quiet Lebanon's guns, a commander of the Shiite force says it's "still patrolling" areas of West Beirut recently seized from Sunni rivals. The commander, who asked for anonymity, also describes how a new intelligence network shaped the combat. A year ago, he says, Hizbullah operatives began surveilling security guards with ties to the U.S.-backed Sunni leader, Saad Hariri. By the time fighting erupted in May, they'd compiled names and phone numbers of these rivals, whom they shadowed for months and then dialed up as the battle for West Beirut raged. "How are you?" the caller would begin. "How's your wife?" And then: "We can see you now. You have three minutes to evacuate."

At a safe house in a mainly Shiite suburb, the commander insisted, "We're still in a state of war," despite the ceasefire. He predicted new clashes, this time with the Christian forces of former warlord Samir Geagea, and said Hizbullah recently imported new arms, in preparation for the possible renewal of the 2006 border with Israel, though with new tactics—including better intelligence. Before leaving, the commander said quietly, "I'm being followed. You're being followed." The message was clear: even if Hizbullah has left the streets, its invisible eyes remain.

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