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  • Jefferson23 (7274 posts)
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    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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  • Betty Karlson (4345 posts)
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    1. Does that mean Assad will lose one of his best pieces on the board anyway?

    And without that piece, will Iran keep propping him up?

    "Someone hacks the DNC allowing all of America to see how the DNC operates as one of the most corrupt political machines in national history. Ergo, Hillary Clinton should be installed as President by judicial fiat. And if you do not agree to this scheme you deserve to be brought up on charges of treason because fascism." - NUGrrl, december 2016 “Once a person has been determined to be an UNTRUSTWORTHY LIAR, their pretend stances on important issues are simply not relevant to rational discussion.” – Ida Briggs, September 2016
    • Jefferson23 (7274 posts)
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      2. I don't know…but it's hard for me to believe Iran would approach the region

      that way.

  • azurnoir (2016 posts)
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    3. Interesting report, backed up by other similar reports

    Israel’s military chief Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot told lawmakers on Wednesday that Hezbollah is faced with a financial and morale crisis due to the fighting in Syria.

    Eisenkot in the past said Hebzollah uses about a third of its fighters in Syria, where some 1,700 of its members were killed and 7,000 have been wounded. “Few wish to pay a price in blood,” he said, “not the Syrian army, not Hezbollah, not the Iranian militias and not the Russian forces.”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.773232

    • Jefferson23 (7274 posts)
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      4. Thanks for posting..it is interesting.

  • leveymg (3845 posts)
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    5. Morale has to be better than ISIS fighters, particularly the foreign mercenaries

    who were lured into Syria by promises of a steady Saudi paycheck, a new Toyota Tundra, and quick victory.

    • Jefferson23 (7274 posts)
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      6. ha ha very good point!

      • leveymg (3845 posts)
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        7. I have the impression that all sides are very, very tired of fighting this war.

        With the possible exception of the one party to the conflict that has had practically no casualties, costs and has gained strategically simply at the expense of the others.  That would be the one doing the gloating in the article cited in the comments chain.