…against Sunni jihadists who want to replace his Iranian-backed regime with a Sunni Sharia state. “Jihad Vs. Jihad: New Evidence Suggests Hezbollah Fighters Are in Syria Fighting for Assad,” by Sharona Schwartz for The Blaze, February 18:
New evidence over the weekend emerged of the growing involvement of Hezbollah in the Syrian civil war. The Free Syrian Army (FSA), the main opposition group battling President Bashar Assad’s forces, claims some 1,000 Hezbollah fighters entered Syria over the weekend and engaged in bloody battles.
The FSA spokesman said, “It’s a coordinated ground invasion”¦Hezbollah has started a war against us.”
According to Lebanon’s Daily Star, three Hezbollah militants were killed in battles over the weekend, as were 12 rebel fighters. The paper is characterizing the fighting as “the worst near the border with Lebanon since the uprising erupted.” It warned Hezbollah’s increasing involvement in Syria could portend a spillover of the civil conflict into next-door Lebanon. It also provides further evidence of the sectarian divide of the combatants, the Shi”ite Hezbollah pitted against Sunni rebels, many of whom are themselves radical jihadis from neighboring countries.
The Syrian National Council (SNC) is accusing Hezbollah of “military intervention” and of employing “heavy weapons openly and under the auspices of the Syrian regime army.”
It called the development a “serious threat to Syrian-Lebanese relations and regional peace and security.”
Hezbollah is allied with President Assad who represents the minority Alawite sect of Shi”ite Islam. Both Hezbollah and Assad are supported by Iran….