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Hezbollah says preventing Iraq-style violence in Lebanon
A burnt vehicle sits at the site of a car bomb in Bayaa, a predominantly Shiite neighbourhood of west Baghdad, which killed six people on December 3, 2013. Attacks in mostly Sunni Arab areas of Baghdad as well as northern and western Iraq killed at least 18 people on Tuesday, the latest in a months-long surge in bloodletting. AFP PHOTO/SABAH ARAR
A burnt vehicle sits at the site of a car bomb in Bayaa, a predominantly Shiite neighbourhood of west Baghdad, which killed six people on December 3, 2013. Attacks in mostly Sunni Arab areas of Baghdad as well as northern and western Iraq killed at least 18 people on Tuesday, the latest in a months-long surge in bloodletting. AFP PHOTO/SABAH ARAR
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BEIRUT: Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Tuesday his party’s military involvement in Syria was necessary to preventing Lebanon plunging into Iraq-style violence.

“If we had abandoned our responsibilities, Qusair, Qalamoun would have fallen in the hands of armed groups and Lebanon’s eastern border with Syrian including the Bekaa Valley would have been infiltrated by armed groups and there would be have been 100s of explosive-rigged vehicles sent to the southern suburbs of Beirut and elsewhere in Lebanon,” he said during an interview.

Nasrallah said the infiltration of gunmen along Syria’s border with Iraq had led to a dramatic increase of car bombings in Iraq which he said his party was trying to prevent from occurring in Lebanon.

“Their [the gunmen] attack those who don’t adhere to their logic ... even Sunnis,” he said.

The Hezbollah leader reiterated his party’s main reason for being in Syria was to protect Lebanon.

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