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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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