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January 11, 2016 3:03 pm

Report: Russia Giving Advanced Weapons to Hezbollah, ‘No Strings Attached’

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Israel has reportedly carried out airstrikes against Hezbollah terror group and Syrian government targets Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A Hezbollah operative. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Russia has been arming Lebanese terror group Hezbollah with heavy munitions as fighting in southern Syria intensifies, the Daily Beast reported on Monday.

The weapons come with no strings attached, a Hezbollah recruiter in Lebanon told the publication, even against Israel.

“When it comes to Israel, Hezbollah doesn’t take directions from anyone,” said Assir, the recruiter, although the report acknowledged that he may not have been senior enough to know full details about the weapons arrangement.

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Among the weapons directly received by Hezbollah from Russia, according to the report, which also quoted another Hezbollah commander named Bakr who apparently commands some 200 troops, were “long-range tactical missiles, laser guided rockets, and anti-tank weapons.” Bakr also described being personally involved in training missions for Hezbollah in Iraq and Yemen.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had previously said he informed Russian President Vladimir Putin that weapons transfers to Hezbollah through Syria was a red line for Israel, and the IDF would enforce it. Israeli airstrikes have occasionally targeted weapons convoys in Syria destined for Hezbollah since the group began fighting on the side of beleaguered Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Meanwhile, Russia has reportedly been bombing rebel targets in southern Syria near the Israeli and Jordanian borders to help the Assad regime launch its first offensive there in two years, according to the Australian. A Western official speaking to the Australian said the Russian bombardment was “followed by a ground assault led by Hezbollah and the militias.”

At the same time, an Israel-based analyst said Russia had “a lot at stake in keeping Lebanon calm and Hezbollah focused on Syria.”

“If a war were to occur between Hezbollah and Israel, the former would be forced to withdraw most of its forces from Syria to battle Israeli troops in southern Lebanon,” Daniel Nisman, chief-executive officer of security firm the Levantine Group, told The Algemeiner. 

“Furthermore, a war between Hezbollah and Israel would destabilize Lebanon, as it would likely cause the collapse of the Lebanese military and government, of which Hezbollah is a major component. This would only spread instability from Syria to Lebanon. Lastly, if the Israeli air force were to operate over Lebanon and parts of Syria, it could cause a serious headache for Russian fighters which operate often times in that same area,” he said.

Last month, Israel reportedly assassinated Hezbollah operative Samir Kuntar, who was apparently helping the group organize and set up infrastructure in the Syrian Golan Heights. Hezbollah retaliated for Kuntar’s death by attacking an IDF convoy, although the bombing caused no casualties.

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  • Pastor CJM

    Hellzballa helps Assad – GOOD, they attack Israel – BAD!
    Please note – ‘he may not have been senior enough to know’
    So far Putin has allowed IAF to attack inside Syria.
    I am aware this could turn on a dime.

  • Jonah

    According to Christian belief this war between Israel and those Islamic forces now surrounding it is called the war of Gog and Magog. It is a war that supersedes the seven year tribulation…it is something akin to a catalyst for the wars that lead up to Armegeddon. I do not want to offend anyone I am stating Christian belief. According to Christian teachings the rapture will occur after Israel’s stand off against this Muslim confederacy. Read revelation 3:10, God promises to remove the church of Phelidelphia from the hour of trial…that would be the seven year tribulation. Now Israel is very successful at fending off this first Gog-Magog wave of wars that preceded the tribulation. It’s the second waves lead by the U.N. And the international community during the tribulation…..lead by the beast…and if you do not know who the beast is by now you are brain dead….this second wave inevitably is thwarted by God and the beast and the false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire as depicted in revelation 19:19. As Jews preparing for this beastly onslaught you should read those portions of revelation to prepare your mindset for what is going to occur. The transpacific trade deal is akin to the rebuilding of Babylon….it will lead to the forced rejection of the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, the killing of all the Christians and sets the stage for the marking of all the peoples of the earth with the number 666. Read in revelation what happens to those who take the mark. The two witnesses and the 144000 from Israel will be the only forces between the beast, the false prophet and the remnant of Gods true believers. That would be the sheep nations and peoples who will attempt to protect Israel and the Jews against the killing fields being constructed by the beast and the false prophet.

  • Paul Weiss

    This is an extremely dangerous situation where two snakes and the Russian powered Bear are in a Zone of imminent No Return…a grave matter to say the least when dealing with such ‘human’ aka Savage nature.

  • nelson marans

    Russia continues to play its international power game with consequences for Israel. Its supply of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah only underlines its support for Assad and Iran with the knowledge by Putin that these weapons can be turned against Israel at a moment’s notice.

  • Aliza

    The sources for this article are weak. If the claim is true, it would probably be reported on Debka – and it has not been.

    Russia’s focus is Syria. It would make sense that they would seek a strong ally in Lebanon… to back them up in Syria. Not to get distracted and mess with Israel.

    The source of this article – The Daily Beast – may want to raise fear of Putin/Russia based on hearsay. As if we don’t have enough to worry about.

  • Time for Hezbollah to find a way to settle with Israel.

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