Spain's defense minister visits peacekeepers in southern Lebanon

Spain's Defense Minister Carme Chacon has visited her country's peacekeepers in southern Lebanon. Chacon, who is seven months pregnant, has traveled to a Spanish base near the southern town of Marjayoun after arriving Monday in Lebanon's capital Beirut. A car bombing killed six peacekeepers from the Spanish contingent in June. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack or another one that followed in July. But al-Qaida's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri blessed the attack against the Spanish contingent in a July videotape. The 13,500-strong UN force was deployed to southern Lebanon in 2006 along with 15,000 Lebanese troops following a monthlong war between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas.