Israeli special forces were last night engaged deep within Lebanon as the army geared up for an expected major ground invasion. Troops were involved in fierce clashes and artillery pounded targets across southern Lebanon. The military also called in air strikes despite a previous commitment to a “partial” halt in air bombardments.Israeli commanders said that six brigades – several thousand soldiers – were now deployed inside Lebanon. At least 15,000 reserve troops, called up late last week, would be ready for combat from today, army sources said.

Full article here.  Meanwhile, the UN and EU futz around on cease-fire resolutions; and the New York Times points out that the elder President Bush was tougher on Israel than W. seems to want to be. (registration required)