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April 14, 2013 4:29 pm

Report: 1,200 Hezbollah Fighters Enter Syria to Fight for Assad

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Over 1,200 members of the Lebanese Shiite terror group, Hezbollah, have entered Syria in the past few days in order to fight alongside regime troops, Saudi daily al-Watan reported on Sunday.

The Hezbollah militants committed “a hideous crime” in the town of Talkalakh, the daily said, adding that tens of thousands of fighters entered from Iraq to aid the Syrian regime.

The daily quoted sources as saying that the Damascus regime “is resorting to the aid of fighters from Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, which implies that the Syrian recruits’ desire to fight alongside the regime is decreasing.”

On Saturday, it was reported that at least forty Hezbollah fighters and Syrian soldiers were killed in recent clashes with opposition fighters in the town of al-Qusayr in Homs province.

The United States, Canada and Israel have long labelled Hezbollah a terrorist group. In Europe, only the Netherlands lists Hezbollah as a terrorist group, while Britain blacklists its military wing. Last week Bahrain became the first Arab country to blacklist Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

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  • jerry hersch

    The two towns mentioned Talkalakh and al-Qusayr are both near the Lebanese border Talkalakh 5 miles North and al-Qusayr 10 miles Northeast by road.
    They are beyond the most distant part of Lebanon from that which has been their traditional area.
    It is most likely that these forces traversed the entire length of Lebanon unhindered to assume these positions…the Lebanese national Armed Forces seemingly are moribund.
    North Lebanon along the coast consists largely of Christain villages and the largely Sunni city of Tarabulus (Tripoli).
    The Hezbollah units across the northern borders into Syria more than likely are route securing units- they will cleanse the area,if need be, to facilitate large scale repositioning by Assad.