By Poorang Novak
Much to the dismay of Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah arranged for hundreds of ISIS fighters from Syria and Lebanon to be deported to border areas between Syria and Iraq.
This aroused suspicion about Hezbollah and the Iraqi Prime Minister was not happy about the deal because of the battles against ISIS in Iraq.
This was not the first time Abadi has been undermined by Nasrallah.
Nasrallah knows that Lebanon is under less scrutiny from the superpowers of the world because the US is dealing with the North Korea threat, Europe is going after ISIS and the Gulf is dealing with neighbouring threats. So he took the opportunity to move hundreds of Iraqi Shiite militiamen across to Lebanon under the power of Adabi.
The men have started to train in Hezbollah camps and they will settle there to work for Hezbollah on a permanent basis.
For the past few years, it has been discovered that the Iranian Quds Brigade is sponsoring Hezbollah to train Shiite fighters and then sends them to Yemen and Syria to fight. Now it seems that they will stay in Lebanon permanently. There they will impose a new culture and mentality on the Lebanese people.
Hezbollah has been fighting alongside Iran in Syria for years. Some experts believe that at one stage Hezbollah had a third of its troops in Syria and lost around 1,500 of its 6,000 men. It has also been estimated that a thousand suffered injuries that will prevent them from fighting again.
To add to this, the group has severe financial difficulties that it has been inflicted with since participating in the war in Syria. This is where Iran has stepped in and bailed them out.
With the arrival of these huge numbers of men, Lebanon is set to face another challenge. It has been suffering for decades since refugees from Palestine arrived. They were so numerous and the numbers keep rising. The refugees do not have legal rights and their camps are plagued with terrorism.
The economic burden of these people is crippling and unemployment and infrastructure is in a terrible state. Security and stability is at a low.
So now, because of Iran’s ambitions, Hezbollah is restarting the process in Lebanon in an effort to contain the country. Already the people of Lebanon are aware that their country is not the same as it was. Lebanon is now for the Syrians, Palestinians and soon to be for the Iraqis too. All economic and social problems will be made much worse. There is also the potential for huge demographic changes.
Nasrallah said that Hezbollah was sent to fight in Syria in the name of defending Lebanon, yet his actions these days do not seem to match his words. It is very clear that he is submitting to Iran’s orders.
Iran will use all methods available to pursue its regional hegemony and Hezbollah is instrumental in this goal. And Hezbollah is a willing participant.