Hezbollah supporters cheer as Nasrallah's speech is shown on a screen in Beirut's southern suburbs. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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A new conflict between Israel and Hezbollah "could be one miscalculation away," a report released Thursday by the International Crisis Group warned. As the embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad establishes a foothold in southwest Syria, the ICG argued that the country's civil war has entered a new phase – one that may see Israel seeking military confrontation against regime-allied militias digging in closer to its borders.Against this backdrop, the ICG called for Moscow – which now appears to be the only actor in the conflict able to engage all parties in negotiations – to strengthen its role as mediator in the region."It also wants to show the domestic audience that Russia is [taking steps forward] in Syria ahead of the presidential elections," he said.However, he also said that the role of Moscow and its influence on different actors in Syria is currently being blown out of proportion. Atrissi agreed, however, that the belligerent posturing of all parties involved in the Syrian conflict means that mistakes are always around the corner, as buffer zones fade and borders draw closer.
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