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August 29, 2013 2:52 pm

Report: Hezbollah Declares State of Alert, Mobilizing Troops in Southern Lebanon

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Hezbollah fighters.

Hezbollah fighters.

Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah declared a state of alert on Thursday and began deploying troops to the country’s south, as the possibility of a U.S.-led strike on Syria was publicly weighed, website NOW Lebanon reported, quoting party sources.

NOW Lebanon’s sources within the Shiite party said its leadership is meeting to discuss “the nature and results of such a strike” and “all options regarding the manner of dealing with the potential attack,” while the party coordinates with its allies in Iran, Syria and Russia.

Iran, Hezbollah’s top ally, has issued implicit threats and warnings over a potential strike against Syria, with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saying on Wednesday that any “U.S. intervention will be a disaster for the region. The region is like a gunpowder depot. [Its] future cannot be predicted,” NOW Lebanon reported.

The Hezbollah mobilization comes as the U.S. and its allies plot a response to the use of chemical weapons by the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, crossing a “red line” set by U.S. President Barack Obama. However, Obama, in an interview with PBS on Wednesday, said that he has not yet made a decision about an attack on Syria. Meanwhile, the U.S. continued to position military assets in the Eastern Mediterranean, preparing for the potential strike.

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  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    Hezbollah are good at posturing, they are amassing on the border with Syria, they will endeavor to drag Israel into this. BN is a shrewd and astute observer, his intelligence services will advise and are ahead of Hezbollah in any event. Of course they are making noise it is New Year. No one is selling out Israel you’re over reacting Lillian.

  • jacob mandelblum

    I wonder what is the Israeli “leadership” waiting for
    erasing Hizballah off the face of the earth…
    It wasn’t enough with their missiles falling on northern Israel when OLMERDE/LIVNI attacked it and now this
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  • Gregg Solomon

    Yes to the salute.
    I wish Netanyahu was also the President of the US.

  • Carl

    “Troops?” That’s a term more associated with actual militaries, not bands of terrorists! Anyone else notice that these guys salute and goose-step just like n&zis?

    • Lillian Bernard

      Careful what you wish for. Obama is a piece of dirt selling out the people and the U.S., and NEtanyahoo is a dog dropping selling out the Jewish people and destroying Israel for some money.

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