A woman mourns Hezbollah fighter Alaa Najmeh, who was killed during clashes in the Syrian town of Aleppo, during his funeral in Adloun, southern Lebanon October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho
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Hezbollah's heavy reliance on military strength in Syria, combined with increasingly sectarian rhetoric at home, threatens its long-term prospects in Lebanon, a report released Tuesday by the International Crisis Group warned.Sahar Atrache, a lead analyst for the group, explained that although Hezbollah has achieved its core objects in Syria – bolstering the regime of Bashar Assad – it is still betting on a military solution to the war. This current environment contrasts with reports that began surfacing last year about emergent tensions in Hezbollah's constituencies throughout Lebanon.In particular, Atrache noted a rise in sectarian rhetoric emerging from Hezbollah.The combination of Hezbollah's military supremacy within Lebanon and an alignment of strategic interests with other parties on terrorism have smoothed over any current unrest.In connection with Atrache's long-term concerns, the report makes the case that these issues would present less of a problem if Hezbollah appeared to have an endgame in place for its role in Syria.
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