Hezbollah supporters at a rally with their leader Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut (Photo: dpa)

Hezbollah and its part in the Middle East turmoil

The Syrian civil war has turned into a fully-blown regional conflagration. Shia Muslim groups are on one side, linked across Lebanon, through Syria, to Iraq and Iran. On the other side are Sunni Arabs, including Islamic State extremists, backed by the Arab Gulf states for whom the Islamic Republic of Iran is a primary foe. The deep involvement of the powerful Shia group Hezbollah, based in Lebanon and supporting Syria’s al-Assad regime, is a major factor in the ongoing conflict. Fighting has now spilled over to Hezbollah’s home territory.

THE PRESENCE of Lebanon-based Shia organisation Hezbollah in the Syrian conflict has been instrumental in allowing the al-Assad regime to regain con...

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Professor Dr. Amatzia Baram
The militant incursion was the most serious spillover yet into Lebanon. It triggered unrest in other parts of Lebanon, notably the predominantly Sunni northern city of Tripoli
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