Will Iranian Mercenaries Replace ISIS on the Syrian Border?

Major General Abbas must now complete the deal by persuading the Nusra factions to emigrate to Idlib in northwestern Syria, but Hezbollah must ask Syrian President Bashar to allow the remnants of the Nusra front to travel to Idlib.

One reason the war waged by Hezbollah is so difficult, is that the Lebanese / Syrian border is not clearly drawn. Another is the lack of support of the Muslim / Christian public for the Hezbollah wars.

Ghassan Imam asks, in his article for Track Persia, a Platform run by dedicated analysts who spend much of their time researching the Middle East, “What benefit does Lebanon gain from replacing the Iranian mercenaries with the remnants of the ISIS and al-Qaeda on the Syrian / Lebanese borders?”

He adds that a third reason “is that the Lebanese army is in line with Hezbollah. The military turned a blind eye to Iran’s involvement in the Syrian war and its arming of Hezbollah with missiles and heavy weapons, so that it became better equipped than the ‘homeland army’. And then there is the question of the dominance of the Hezbollah state over the institutions of the ‘legitimate state’. This domination reached Sidon and West Beirut (a Sunni area), which was invaded by Hezbollah nine years ago.”

Hezbollah waged a racist campaign against the Syrian refugees, according to Ghassan Imam, who says additionally, that Hezbollah invaded the camps near Arsal, and that four to ten of those arrested were tortured and died.

The visit of Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Washington coincided with Hezbollah’s new war inside Lebanon. President Trump let him wait for five days, and then, during the joint press conference, Trump launched a massive hostile campaign against Iran and Hezbollah, describing the latter as a threat to the stability and security in the region.

Ghassan Imam writes that, “The Trump administration and the Congressional committees of US military reduced its support to the Lebanese army at a rate of 82 percent and accused inner parties of leaking US weapons to Hezbollah. Hezbollah strengthened its dominance over Lebanon and its war with Bashar against Syrian civilians.”

The Saudi government’s position in supporting the prime minister was to strengthen the executive powers and to preserve the balance between the three main sects (the Maronites, Sunnis and Shiites).