Bluster And Blowback In Beirut

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It will be interesting to see what happens between Hezbollah and the Sunnis in Lebanon since the Sunnis want to take over Syria.


Bluster And Blowback In Beirut – Analysis

By Giorgio Cafiero

December 24, 2013

Although Hezbollah looks increasingly likely to weather Syria’s civil war, blowback from hardline Sunnis at home may prove a longer-term challenge.

By Giorgio Cafiero and Peter Certo

The assassination of senior Hezbollah commander Hassan al-Laqis in early December, coming on the heels of last month’s attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut, marked the latest in a series of Salafist-orchestrated attacks against Hezbollah.

Call it blowback: Hezbollah’s escalating involvement in Syria’s civil war, crystallized during the pivotal battle for the Syrian border city of Qusayr, has helped to fuel a wave of jihadist militancy in Lebanon from Sunni forces opposed to the Assad regime. As al-Qaeda-affiliated militias like the Abdullah Azzam Brigades launch brazen attacks deep inside Hezbollah strongholds, such Sunni forces are exposing the Shi’ite group’s fatigue, confusion, and vulnerability.

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