The deputy chief of Hezbollah, Sheikh Naim Qassem, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, in Beirut's southern suburbs, Monday, April 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Lebanon's Hezbollah says the Middle East is at risk of partition and sees no end to the war in Syria, where it is fighting alongside President Bashar Assad against insurgents supported by his regional enemies.Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy leader of the Iranian-backed group, said the insurgents would be unable to topple the Assad government despite their recent gains in battle, including this week's capture of Palmyra by ISIS.There could be no solution to the war without Assad, and it was time for "Arabs and the world" to realize that, added the white-turbaned cleric, speaking at Hezbollah offices in Beirut.Hezbollah has been a crucial ally to Assad in the four-year-long war, sending its fighters to help him hold on to territory and power.Destruction would continue in Syria because it would not submit, Qassem said.With the United States leading an air campaign against ISIS militants in northern and eastern Syria, Assad had appeared increasingly confident at the turn of the year.Qatar and Turkey deny backing radical jihadi groups such as ISIS, while not hiding their support for the insurgency against Assad.
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