Iran denies having any soldiers in Lebanon

Iran's embassy in Beirut issued a statement late Saturday denying Iran had any troops in Lebanon, disputing an Israeli claim that 100 Iranian soldiers helped Hezbollah attack an Israeli warship, Iran's official news agency reported. The statement, reported on the agency's Web site, called the Israeli report "meaningless." It is "an attempt to escape reality with the aim of covering up [Israel's] inability to confront the Lebanese nation and resistance," the statement said. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condemned Israel's military offensive in Lebanon, telling state television "the Zionist regime behaves like Hitler." "The fake Israeli regime has been imposed in the region on the basis of a false conspiracy to organize aggression and oppression," he was quoted as saying. "The survival of this regime is not possible without oppression and aggression," he said.