Secret British role in halting Isil ‘massacre’ in Lebanon

A British team has secretly saved a Christian town in Lebanon from advancing Isil forces by constructing a network of watchtowers, The Telegraph can disclose.

The clandestine British squad worked at speed to coordinate the huge effort to build 12 towers — with more planned — along the border with Syria to prevent the forces of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from “massacring” inhabitants of the town.

The lookout points allowed the Lebanese army to stop Isil storming west to the Mediterranean at the same time that the terror group invaded Iraq to the east. It cut off the advance of Isil into the small Christian town of Ras Baalbek, in the north of Lebanon.

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  • lgeubank

    It’s good to know the Brits are doing something, and doing it intelligently. Meanwhile, Obama continues to run his mouth, and not intelligently. (But then, when did he EVER say anything intelligent?)

  • ntt1

    I notice the increasing use of sea cans for military construction, do they get old and condemned? why the availability of containers?

    • Exile1981

      Shipping costs have gone up lately. If you ship a can to a remote destination, It is often cheaper to abandon it there rather than pay to ship it back to it’s origins.

      I used to pay 2k to ship a can from china (the factory) to Vancouver and a can cost me about 4 brand new in China. So shipping it back for the next shipment was 2k cheaper than the cost of keeping it.

      The last time I had looked at having something made there the cost of the new cans was still under 5k, but the cost to ship it to Canada had gone up to nearly 10k, so now the dynamics have moved to the other side and it is cheaper to keep it than return it. There is a huge amount of cans around north america that are used for under $700 a can.

      • ntt1

        interesting, maybe that’s why progressive city planners are so gung -ho on getting the masses ,other than themselves, to live in converted sea cans in all the back alleys in cheap Laneway housing infill.

        • Exile1981

          Some people are buying them as they are significantly cheaper than a traditional house and easy to convert with the right gear, they are hard to insulate correctly for Canadian winters as the all metal skin transmits too much cold into them.

          I worked for a month in a December in a control room that was a converted sea can. Even with the furnace on full the thing was cold, but I suspect that was because the contractor put like 1″ of spray foam on the inside before putting up wall board.

          • ntt1

            we use them for lock-ups and fast terrain- change construction on movie sets. they are everywhere

          • Exile1981

            We use them for putting spare parts in at remote oil sites, they are stronger and harder to break into than most storage trailers or containers and too heavy to steal easily plus they are less prone to mice than sheds.

  • Jay Currie

    There is a fine tradition of Crusader castles in that part of the world and, at a glance, that is what these towers look like on a smaller scale.