Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said Hezbollah will fight to keep Syria's Bashar Assad in power. He also said Hezbollah fighers are fighting in Syria against Sunni Islamic radicals.
In a televised address, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah also said Hezbollah members are fighting in Syria against Islamic radicals who pose a danger to Lebanon, and pledged that his group will not allow Syrian militants to control areas along the Lebanese border
"We will continue this road until the end, we will take the responsibility and we will make all the sacrifices," he said. "We will be victorious."
The leader of the militant group Hezbollah on Saturday aligned his powerful movement squarely behind the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad and vowed victory against Syrian rebels, whom he assailed as proxy warriors for the West and Israel.
The presence of Al Qaeda-linked Sunni militants in the Syrian rebel ranks — including many non-Syrians
"If the takfiri groups are able to control the border areas of Lebanon, they will form a danger to the Muslims and the Christians,"
They linked the intense push on Saturday to Nasrallah’s speech, the first since the offensive began.
“We were expecting a more decisive attempt to advance before Nasrallah’s speech, and it has happened,” said Sami al-Rifaie, an activist based in Qusair. “He wants to appear in front of his people victorious.” Rifaie said shelling had started at around 6:30 a.m. and continued until noon. Two surface-to-surface missiles also fell on the town, he said.
“On my way home, I saw one had hit very close to my house,” he said. “I’m lost for words. I haven’t seen anything like this before. It’s a residential area, and there was destruction for a radius of 100 to 200 meters.”
Saddled with Middle East problems ranging from Iran to Syria and beyond, President Barack Obama now faces one that is both old and new: Iraq.
A Sunni Muslim insurgency against the Shi'ite-led Baghdad government has also been reawakened. The insurgents' defeat had been a major outcome of then-President George W. Bush's troop "surge" in 2007.
Unresolved sectarian tensions, inflamed by the raging civil war in neighboring Syria, have combined to send violence in Iraq to its highest level since Obama withdrew the last U.S. troops in December 2011, U.S. officials and Middle East analysts say.