Hezbollah’s role in Syria

Protesters hold up a banner depicting Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah (shown on the left of the banner) has sent thousands of fighters to help President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria (source: dpa)
  • Hezbollah has become deeply involved in the Syrian civil war at the behest of Iran
  • The conflict has drained Hezbollah of resources and manpower, but also honed its fighters’ skills
  • It is likely that the group will soon attack Israel, setting off a conflict worse than the 2006 war
Iran established Hezbollah in Lebanon in the 1980s to fight Israel and subvert Sunni regimes in the Middle East. Now, it is doing Tehran’s bidding in the Syrian civil war by propping up President Bashar al-Assad. The experience has given Hezbollah fighters the military skill necessary to strike again at Israel. The coming conflict could be much worse than the previous round of fighting in 2006.

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