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Hezbollah says rebels will not win in Syria
Published Sunday 16/12/2012 (updated) 18/12/2012 11:24
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Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his
supporters in Beirut in September. (Reuters/Sharif Karim, File)
BEIRUT (Reuters) -- Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese movement Hezbollah, said on Sunday the rebels in Syria could not emerge victorious from the 21-month-long uprising against President Bashar Assad.

Nasrallah, a staunch ally of Assad, said: "The situation in Syria is getting more complicated (but) anyone who thinks the armed opposition can settle the situation on the ground is very very very mistaken."

Syrian rebels accuse the Shiite Muslim group of sending fighters to neighboring Syria to help Assad overcome the largely Sunni Muslim revolt. Hezbollah denies these accusations.

The uprising started as peaceful demonstrations calling for greater freedoms but turned into an armed insurgency largely in response to heavy crackdown and attacks by Assad forces.

The revolt pits majority Sunnis against Assad's Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam. With Sunni-Shiite sectarian tensions smouldering in the region, Syria's conflict has drawn Sunni radicals from elsewhere into rebel ranks.

But Nasrallah, whose Shiite movement is despised by Sunni hardliners, said the West and some allied Arab countries had lured al-Qaida-affiliated fighters into Syria to be killed.

"I warn al-Qaida: the Americans and the European countries and Arab and Islamic countries have set a trap for you in Syria, and opened for you a battlefield so you come from across the world ... to be killed and to kill each other..."

Alarmed by the growing strength and influence of al-Qaida-inspired fighters in Syria, the United States has put the al-Nusra Front on its official blacklist of terrorist organizations, angering many Syrian rebel brigades.
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1 ) shirley / australia
16/12/2012 23:53
this is agin totral distortion of the facts by reuters and as usual MAAN goes along with printing US WEST LIES SPEWED B Y REUTERS there is no SUNNI SHITE WAR it is IRAN aginst SAUDI ARABIA and Iran trying to control MRE and interfere in SHIA communitiesthe revolt in Syria like Libya was instigated by US and had nothing to do with religion anymore than Syria US wanted ASSAD gone to continue towards IRAN opposition in Syrai was used like in LIBYA aminority and paid by WEST

2 ) Outlier / USA
17/12/2012 00:47
A losing bet by Hezbollah - and it couldn't happen to a more deserving organization.

3 ) rashid / beirut
17/12/2012 00:59
"The revolt pits majority Sunnis against Assad's Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam." whoever yuou reporter is at reuters beirut.stick to facts ,rather than sectarianism.sunni arabs are the with resistance also.

4 ) ياسمين / ال قدس
18/12/2012 08:48
Wow that dummy is wrong!! What a moron!! If he believe Assad regime & forces will be victorious he is sadly mistaken.
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