Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

Cambodian garment workers demand minimum wage

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'France in the crosshairs'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Climate change: The heat is on

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Air France pilots reject CEO's offer to halt expansion of low-cost carrier

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Frenchman kidnapped in Algeria: 'IS'-linked jihadists claim abduction of 55-year-old tourist

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

The Sarkozy soap opera

Read more

DEBATE

What's the deal with Turkey? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

What's the deal with Turkey?

Read more

ENCORE!

Weekly Music Show: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's new album

Read more

Middle east

Hezbollah leader vows to assist Assad victory

© AFP

Video by Catherine VIETTE

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-05-26

Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday said the Lebanese militant group would remain engaged in the Syrian war until its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, had secured victory over opposition rebels.

The leader of Lebanese guerrilla movement Hezbollah said on Saturday his group would stay in the Syrian war “to the end of the road” and bring victory to its ally President Bashar al-Assad.

Hassan Nasrallah, head of the militant Shi’ite Muslim group, said in a televised speech that Syria and Lebanon were facing a threat from radical Sunni Islamists, which he argued was a plot devised by the United States and its allies to serve Israel’s interests in the region.

“We will not rely on anyone ... like all the battles before this one: We will be its people, its men, and we will be the ones who bring it victory,” he said, speaking from an undisclosed location.

“We will continue to the end of the road, we accept this responsibility and will accept all sacrifices and expected consequences of this position,” he said in the televised footage, which showed thousands of cheering people watching him on big screens in the Lebanese town of Mashgara.

Assad comes from the minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam. He has been bankrolled by regional Shi’ite power Iran and now increasingly by Hezbollah, Tehran’s Lebanese proxy which was founded as a resistance movement to Israel.

Violence from the Syrian conflict, which began as a peaceful protest movement but descended into civil war, has increasingly spilled over into Lebanon, particularly in the northern city of Tripoli.

Hezbollah’s participation in a battle at the town of Qusair on the Syrian-Lebanese border risks dragging Lebanon into a conflict that has increasingly become overshadowed by Sunni-Shi’ite sectarian violence.

Nasrallah for the first time confirmed that his combatants were actively fighting in Syria, and said they had been there for several months. He said Hezbollah was not acting out of sectarian motives but to defend Lebanon from radical groups.

“Syria is no longer a place where there is a popular revolution against a political regime, rather it has become a place for imposing a political plan led by America and the West, and its tools in the region,” he said in a speech to mark the 13th anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2013-05-25

  • SYRIA

    Syrian regime fights for strategic Qusair area

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    Hezbollah-backed Syria troops take key town Qusair

    Read more

  • TERRORISM

    France backs move to list Hezbollah as terror group

    Read more

COMMENT(S)