Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Hezbollah leader pledges not to allow Syria's Assad to fall

Hezbollah leader pledges not to allow Syria's Assad to fall, Not long after the announcement that radical Muslim terrorist groups al-Qaeda in Iraq and Al-Nusra Front are united in their pursuit of toppling President Bashar al-Assad's regime, on Tuesday the head of the Lebanese-based terrorist group Hezbollah declared that his organization and others in the Middle East are friends who will not let Syria fall to the likes of the United States, Israel or Islamic radicals.

Speaking on Hezbollah's TV station Al-Manar, Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah said the Syrian rebels are much too weak to bring down the Assad regime and the Ba'ath Party.

The Syrian opposition has long claimed the Iranian-backed Shia movement has been supplying fighters to help Assad, who has always been a loyal Hezbollah backer, according to Israeli counterterrorism source, Myra Toenstein.

He cautioned his listening audience that if a key Shia shrine south of Damascus -- that named after Sayida Zeinab, a granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad -- were damaged, there would be a violent outcome. "If the shrine is destroyed things will get out of control," he said.

Mr Nasrallah assured the world that Hezbollah wished to avoid the Syrian war spreading into Lebanon, but Hezbollah is prepared to repel any and all invaders.

The Assad regime's military forces and the Islamist-led rebels have been fighting in and around Syria's capital of Damascus for several months, with neither side able to declare a decisive victory. More than 70,000 people have been killed since fighting between Syrian forces and rebels erupted in March 2011.

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