A Lebanese soldier carries the remains of a shell in the Shebaa and Kfar Shouba hills area, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The Hezbollah roadside bomb ambush against an Israeli patrol that wounded two soldiers Tuesday was significant less in the rarity of such operations since 2006 and more in the timing.The attack has been linked to the death of Ali Haidar, a Hezbollah explosives expert who was killed two months ago while dismantling a booby-trapped Israeli monitoring device that was hooked into a Hezbollah communications cable near Adloun.Nevertheless, if the bomb attack was a retaliation for Haidar's death, it remains unclear why it took two months for Hezbollah to launch the operation.The attack, which was subsequently acknowledged by Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah as a Hezbollah operation, was the first in the Farms since the 2006 war.The bomb ambush was also significant in the location chosen by Hezbollah for the attack.All past roadside bomb attacks by Hezbollah in the Shebaa Farms, mainly those conducted in the 2000-2006 period, occurred in the more densely wooded southern slopes of the Shebaa Farms. The one glaring exception was a carefully planned operation in May 2004 when Hezbollah was able to plant bombs within meters of the entrance of the Rowaisat al-Alam outpost and then detonate them against a returning Israeli patrol.
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