Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Look At How Hezbollah Is Benefiting From The Syrian War

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters from a screen during a rally to commemorate Hezbollah Wounded Veterans Day in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

Marc C. Johnson, The Hill: How the Iran deal, Syrian civil war prepares Hezbollah for future of terror

Surveying the conflict in Syria over the last 6-plus years, it’s not hard to find losing parties in the wreckage.

Thousands of innocent children, civilians, doctors, first responders, and journalists fill casualty lists — non-combatant collateral damage. The Syrian Arab Army can’t credibly claim to have “won,” either, as both ISIS and non-ISIS rebel groups are still trying to bring down its regime.

And ISIS itself — belatedly — appears to be losing ground, in no small part thanks to the direct intervention of Russia and Iran.

But one group, Hezbollah, is reaping significant tangible benefits from fighting in Syria. Not that they haven’t been been bloodied. The group has lost an estimated 1,500 fighters since 2011, with more than three times that wounded.

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WNU Editor: The perception is that Hezbollah is benefiting from the Syrian war .... but this conflict is far from over .... and everyday body-bags are being shipped back to Lebanon. If this conflict continues to fester .... and it looks like it will .... Lebanese Shiite "unquestionable" support for the conflict will change .... and probably sooner rather than later.


Anonymous said...

Russia, Iran and Hezballa are in a quagmire. I don't think they know it yet as things look better on the Battle field now, but the shift from front line combat to asymmetrical warfare is where the real casualties and quagmire begin. Beat case is to claim victory and pullout, but with a military base in Syria, Russia is stuck there.

Anonymous said...

They understand it is better to take the fight in Syria than in Lebanon. The Sunni are already taking over there as well.

Young Communist said...

Hezbollah is effective in the fight to prevent Al-Quaida/Al-Nusra/ISIS and western spies infiltration in Lebanon, so now they get the reward of their sacrifice. Nothing strange.