Hezbollah and Syrian Army Advance Against Militias

By Patrick Brogan

Reports from Reuters suggest that Hezbollah and the Syrian army combined forces to drive out Jabat al-Nusra, also known as Jabet Fateh al-Sham. Hezbollah loyal media reported the skirmishes took place along the Syrian-Lebanonese border, near the town of Arsal.

This region has been problematic for both Syria and Lebanon as it harboured many radical Islamic groups that led to sporadic violence. It was also reported that refugees had fled the region.

Nusra is linked to Al-Qaeda. Hezbollah, like the Syrian Government, is backed by Iran. This is far from a provincial argument and will be closely watched in Tehran and Riyadh. Shiites on one side, Sunni on the other.

The Lebanonese army, which is resourced by the British and Americans, played no part and said they would only become involved if they were attacked. The Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad al-Hariri, was critical of Hezbollah and suggested they service Damascus.

 

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