Hezbollah's Syria role, moving war to Lebanon

hezbollah flag assadLebanon’s caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel revealed that extremist fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham are present on Lebanese soil, but that the organization is not yet established in the country.

“ISIS members are present in Lebanon. What is dangerous is if they form an organization on Lebanese territory ,” Charbel told NBN television on Sunday.

Charbels’s remarks come days after a man purporting to be a member of the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham threatened on Thursday, to kill Charbel in an audio tape.

“After minister Marwan Charbel said Wednesday that he wants us to remain in prison…we will sacrifice him, God willing,” the alleged Islamist said.

He also warned that “millions from our organization are coming to Lebanon this month of December , God willing.”

Hezbollah moving Syrian war to Lebanon
According to analysts Hezbollah’s role in Syria’s civil war changed the rules of the game. “Iraq-style” suicide bombers are coming our way and the double bombings that targeted the Iranian embassy in Beirut on Tuesday, November 19 was only the introduction.

The radical jihadis thus carried out their previous threats of converting Lebanon from an arena of “solidarity” to an arena of direct “jihad,” blaming the hostilities on Hezbollah because of its involvement in the fighting in Syria.

The sound of the blasts from the Iranian embassy attack had barely subsided when Sirajuddin Zureiqat, leader of the Lebanese branch of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades, claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter, declaring the suicide bombers “two heroes of the Sunnis in Lebanon,” and dubbing the attack “the Iranian Embassy raid in Beirut.”

With this development an unknown branch of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades entered the limelight. In addition to the already known Ziad Jarrah Brigades, Zureiqat unveiled the Hussein bin Ali Brigades, warning, “Operations in Lebanon will continue, God willing, until two things are achieved: withdrawing the members of Iran’s Party [i.e. Hezbollah] from Syria, and releasing our prisoners from the prisons of oppression in Lebanon.”

Security sources revealed last month to the pro Hezbollah daily Al-Akhbar that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) recently made a decision to carry out suicide attacks against “Shiite targets” in Lebanon, pointing out that its list of targets also includes pro-Hezbollah Sunni figures.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - Leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq and head of ISIS
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – Leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq and head of ISIS

The daily concluded in its report that ISIS, led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has declared war in Lebanon and that ISIS may have collaborated with the Abdullah Azzam Brigades to use it as a front only to claim responsibility, but ISIS has much better capabilities.

President Michel Suleiman again called on Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria and abide by the Baabda declaration.

“Getting involved in foreign affairs in defense of a cause or weapons leads to the demise of the state,” Suleiman said on Saturday during the unveiling of statues of former presidents since the Independence at the Baabda palace, in reference to the Shiite group.

Thousands of Hezbollah fighters are reportedly helping the Syrian president Bashar al Assad forces against the mostly Sunni rebels who are trying to topple the 40 year old dictatorship. This is resulting in escalation of tension between the Lebanese Sunnis who support the rebels and the Shiites

The Baabda Declaration was issued following a national dialogue in 2012, and was championed by President Suleiman and signed by all the Lebanese parties including Hezbollah.

  • Tk

    That is completly untrue , if you ask the follower Aoun. Let us go and learn from third grad students about Math. A is related to B and B is related to C , it means that A is related to C right ? . So we have a dumb like Aoun that is going to cause another christian muslim war in lebanon

  • Tk

    That is completly untrue , if you ask the follower Aoun. Let us go and learn from third grad students about Math. A is related to B and B is related to C , it means that A is related to C right ? . So we have a dumb like Aoun that is going to cause another christian muslim war in lebanon

  • Guest

    It’s all Israel’s fault. The rebels were mostly winning until May 2013. Then in May 2013 Israel bombed Damascus destroying important military targets and equipment for Hezbollah. This incident made Hezbollah fully come to help Assad from Lebanon. Ever since this, Assad has been winning against the rebels. Hezbollah scouts spy on rebel positions. Then they tell the Syrian air force where to hit. Then they get artillery to hit these positions too. Then, they move in with their surrounding troops. That’s how they do it. Also, Al-Akhbar, a pro-Hezbollah Lebanese news site sent a reporter (scout/spy?) into the rebel areas in Qalamoun Syria ahead of time to write about them. Of course, information was gathered on their positions that was very helpful to Assad and Hezbollah resulting in this very fortified rebel area not doing so well because of this happening.

    • Reasonableman

      If this is true then this would mean ostensibly hezballah is being controlled from israeli headquaters through a counter anti defensive techniqe.
      I believe this is hezballahs fault who have hijacked lebanon and dont know how to push the buttons.
      If these tyre headed head banging hezballah supporters and malitias decide to continue there path in lebanon, all areas they control will be sent down the gutter. Who will provide vaccins and medications who will purify the water, who will provide cars , who will give you electricity who will etc.

      Although they are organised the only substitute for academics they provide is “security operations” and harvesting marijuana and only if your one of them.

  • Guest

    It’s all Israel’s fault. The rebels were mostly winning until May 2013. Then in May 2013 Israel bombed Damascus destroying important military targets and equipment for Hezbollah. This incident made Hezbollah fully come to help Assad from Lebanon. Ever since this, Assad has been winning against the rebels. Hezbollah scouts spy on rebel positions. Then they tell the Syrian air force where to hit. Then they get artillery to hit these positions too. Then, they move in with their surrounding troops. That’s how they do it. Also, Al-Akhbar, a pro-Hezbollah Lebanese news site sent a reporter (scout/spy?) into the rebel areas in Qalamoun Syria ahead of time to write about them. Of course, information was gathered on their positions that was very helpful to Assad and Hezbollah resulting in this very fortified rebel area not doing so well because of this happening.

    • Reasonableman

      If this is true then this would mean ostensibly hezballah is being controlled from israeli headquaters through a counter anti defensive techniqe.
      I believe this is hezballahs fault who have hijacked lebanon and dont know how to push the buttons.
      If these tyre headed head banging hezballah supporters and malitias decide to continue there path in lebanon, all areas they control will be sent down the gutter. Who will provide vaccins and medications who will purify the water, who will provide cars , who will give you electricity who will etc.

      Although they are organised the only academics they provide is “security operations” and only if your one of them.

  • The real lebanese

    I just want to take a moment to thank HA and all the contributions it has made to Lebanon in the past 8 years. 😉

    • 5thDrawer

      LOLOLOL …..

    • Guest

      HAHAHA

  • The real lebanese

    I just want to take a moment to thank HA and all the contributions it has made to Lebanon in the past 8 years. 😉

    • 5thDrawer

      LOLOLOL …..

    • Guest

      HAHAHA

  • Reasonableman

    @yalibnan, that picture is not abu bakr al baghdadi.
    That is a picture of abu musab al zarqawi.

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      Looks like maborlz.

  • Reasonableman

    @yalibnan, that picture is not abu bakr al baghdadi.
    That is a picture of abu musab al zarqawi.

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      Looks like maborlz.