Lebanon News

Fall of Qusair big blow to U.S., Israel: Hezbollah

Lebanon's Hezbollah deputy Sheikh Naim Qassem speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in Beirut's suburbs, February 28, 2012.

BEIRUT: A senior Hezbollah official said Wednesday the fall of the rebel-held town of Qusair in Syria was a big blow to the United States, Israel and Islamist militant groups.

“The victory in Qusair is a heavy blow to the American-Israeli-takfiri project and a bright moment for the resistance project in Syria,” said Naim Qassem, Hezbollah’s deputy secretary-general, referring to the rebel-held town that fell to Syrian-government forces backed by fighters from the Lebanese group.

“There is no point to the [commotion in the] international and regional political media trying to change the historic and geographic realities,” he added, according to a statement from Hezbollah.

Hezbollah, which announced last month it was heavily involved in the Syrian conflict, says its objective in Lebanon’s neighbor is to defend Damascus and the resistance to Israel from being defeated. It says its actions are justified, warning that takfiri groups pose a real threat to Lebanon.

Hezbollah alleges that takfiris, who consider Muslims that do not share their extremist ideology as infidels, predominate the ranks of the Syrian rebels.

“Today, the battle has one headline: confronting Israel and those serving its project,” Qassem said.

“Hezbollah’s stances are based on this principle and today it has been shown that wagering on bringing down ... Syria is delusional and political stances based on the American-Israeli project are doomed.”

Qassem also reiterated that his party wanted to see a political settlement to end the two-year-old conflict in Lebanon’s neighbor.

“We repeat our call for a political solution in Syria and that the international land grabbers and their followers be halted from targeting our Arab region to help [Israel] because the people of the region are adamant on retrieving their land and rights,” he said.

According to the statement, Qassem’s comments came during a meeting with the deputy head of Lebanon’s Syrian Social Nationalist Party, Tawfiq Mhanna.





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