Qassem gestures as he speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in Beirut's suburbs, Lebanon August 3, 2016. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
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Hezbollah's Sheikh Naim Qassem said the partition of Iraq and Syria was a possible outcome of sectarian fighting across the region and there was no prospect of any end to the war in Syria until after November's U.S. presidential election.Qassem, deputy leader of the group, said Hezbollah, Iran and Russia would stand by Syrian President Bashar Assad until the end.Qassem said both Syria and neighboring Iraq, where Daesh (ISIS) has also seized some territory, could split.Assad was the best protection against this, Qassem said.
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