Reuters Arabic is reporting that the Lebanese army is calling up its reserves, in preparation to deploy about 15,000 troops in southern Lebanon. A Lebanese official was quoted as saying that this is a preparatory move ahead of an upcoming cabinet decision to deploy 15,000 troops following an Israeli withdrawal to the Blue line.
Update. The folks in the comments section beat me to it. The Lebanese cabinet voted unanimously to send 15,000 troops to the south "as Israeli forces pull back behind the (border) Blue Line." According to information minister Ghazi Aridi, the army would be "alone" in the south.
Aridi did not explicitly say whether Hizbollah would pull out from border areas, adding that he would not reveal any future steps. But he said the army would be "alone" in the south.
"This should open the way for the amendment of the draft resolution in accordance with Lebanese demands," one senior source said.
Bush earlier today said he didn't favor an Israeli withdrawal, a key demand by the Lebanese government, so not to "create a vacuum" in that area, allowing Hizbullah to regroup. The Lebanese cabinet obviously thinks this move could soften the US position regarding amending the UN resolution.
Meanwhile, France and the US have agreed to postpone the vote on the resolution, raising hopes in Beirut that the resolution could undergo changes to meet some of the Lebanese demands.
One last note. President Emile Lahoud did not attend what was surely a historic cabinet session.