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Hezbollah Doubles Down on Assad as Syria Conflict Spreads

Is Hezbollah helping Assad stay afloat? Sure looks like it, says the Washington Post. The terrorist group is reportedly helping to train the Syrian army, advising Syrian state media on propaganda, and even sending fighters to battle the rebels. And the U.S. government is taking notice:

This month, the U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions against Hasan Nasrallah and two other Hezbollah leaders in connection with the group’s activities in Syria. The department accused Hezbollah of “providing training, advice, and extensive logistical support to the Government of Syria.” Hezbollah has also helped the Syrian government push rebel forces from some areas in Syria, the Treasury Department said. […]

In some villages in south Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley in the eastern part of the country, young men loyal to Hezbollah are recruiting volunteers to fight in Syria, according to Lebanese officials. And a number of secret funerals for young men killed in Syria have been held in Shiite strongholds. […]

Hezbollah’s heightened role in the conflict comes at the same time that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps appears to be playing a bigger role in Syria. The Treasury Department said that the two groups are coordinating their military aid in Syria and that Hezbollah has helped the Revolutionary Guard train Syrian forces. […]

We have already seen evidence of the civil war spilling across Syria’s borders. Turkey is fighting a renewed battle with Kurdish groups which are receiving support from Damascus; Iraq is threatened by militias moving freely across the desert border with Syria; riots have swept through Syrian refugee camps in Jordan; and in Lebanon, close religious and community ties with Syria have led to gun battles between Lebanese groups in Tripoli and Beirut.

As the Syrian civil war drags on, it will bleed across national borders, and Syria’s neighbors will be unable to escape the consequences. Those consequences grow more dire when groups like Hezbollah throw their hats in the ring.

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