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Syrian Civil War
Hezbollah to Battle al Qaeda in Syria

Hezbollah will start fighting the al-Qaeda-aligned Nusra Front along Lebanon’s border with Syria, risking deeper involvement in the Syrian civil war. The Jerusalem Post reports:

Hezbollah’s leader said on Tuesday his Lebanon-based militant group will launch an attack inside Syria against al-Qaida-linked insurgents in the mountain region along the countries’ border.[…]

The attack “will announce itself when it happens,” Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech. It would be in Qalamoun [Mountains], but “as for its goal, place or where it will extend to.. This …we do not declare now.”

The Lebanese government has stated that cross-border incursions are unwarranted and would draw Lebanon further into the Syrian war, but Nasrallah said that “The [Lebanese] state is not able to address this issue… so we will proceed with the necessary treatment and assume the responsibility and consequences.” On Tuesday, Hezbollah reportedly captured a Syrian village from militants.

It’s not hard to figure out why Hezbollah is taking this step now. Both Hezbollah and the Assad regime are Iranian clients. As a Hezbollah-aligned newspaper has reported, Nasrallah has been telling his Lebanese political allies that if the Assad regime in Syria falls, so too will Hezbollah. And, as we’ve noted, the Assad regime is looking shakier than it has in years. al Nusra has had a notable run of successes against it.

I’m sure it won’t break many hearts in Washington to read that the head of Hezbollah reckons his terrorist group might go down with the ship. But at the moment, it seems an already ugly war might broaden dangerously.

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  • Ellen

    The demise of Hezbollah won’t break any hearts in Washington, that much is certain. However, Hezbollah is not a romantic organization, not even for the unreformed relics of the 1960’s whose worldview seems to determine the Obama foreign policy. The view of Hezbollah in the Arab press for years was that it was the only Arab military organization that was able to “defeat” the Israeli army. Now, one must always remember that for Arabs defeating Israel only means not being wiped off the playing field. Nonetheless, they did fight Israel to a rough draw in the 2006 engagement, even though Lebanon’s infrastructure was partially destroyed.

    The defeat of Hezbollah by a ragtag group of Islamist rebels would be a huge humiliation for Iran. The Assad regime won’t be around much longer to suffer embarrassment, but the Iranians will be around for a good long time. If Iran’s premier proxy militia is destroyed, the prestige of their revolution and the reach of their Empire will be fatally undermined.

  • JR

    Here we go casualties, here we go!!!! *CLAP, CLAP, CLAP*

  • Fat_Man

    Can we hope that they both lose?

  • Anne-marrie Javouhey

    Enemy of your enemy can be your friend. But problems are our so called Saudi dictators those financially support 99.9% World terrorists. From Taliban AlQaida to NusraFront ISIL fully armed and supported by Saudi culprits.

  • Josephbleau

    Nasralla seems to be one of the smarter ones, He may need to destroy a training camp or two to maintain graces in Iran but he won’t expend the logistics that he needs for his immoral need to kill more Jews.

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