Hezbollah facing loss of morale over Syrian quagmire: Report
International Crisis Group says Hezbollah’s sectarian rhetoric must be toned down and internal discipline endangered by role in divisive conflict
Monday 13 March 2017 16:40 UTC
Hezbollah risks alienating its core support network if it continues to pursue its current strategy in Syria, a report based on interviews with sources inside and close to the group said on Tuesday.
The new report released by the International Crisis Group (ICG), entitled “Hezbollah’s Syria Conundrum” and released to coincide with the resumption of peace talks in Kazakh capital Astana, highlights the Lebanese militant group’s manpower and discipline headaches, suggesting that it has an interest in toning down its sectarian rhetoric and giving real backing to the peace process.
“When Hezbollah threw its fighters into Syria in 2013, it fought primarily to save itself,” the report finds.
“Had the Assad regime collapsed or been defeated by US-backed regional powers, it could have faced a hostile Sunni successor in Damascus and lost its essential arms channel from Iran.
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