Syrian Activists: Several Hizbullah Members Captured in Muadhamiyat al-Sham

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The rebel Free Syrian Army on Friday captured a number of Hizbullah members in Damascus province following clashes, Syrian activists said.

“The Free Army has seized control of several posts west of Muadhamiyat al-Sham,” the opposition Local Coordination Committees, a network of peaceful Syrian activists on the ground, announced.

Rebel forces have detained "a number of members belonging to the (Abu al-Fadl) al-Abbas Brigade and Hizbullah," the LCC said.

The Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade, which is fighting alongside regime troops, is a guerrilla group made up of Shiite fighters who hail primarily from Lebanon, Iran and Iraq.

It says that its objective is to defend Shiite holy shrines, particularly the Sayyeda Zainab shrine in Damascus, from any attacks by hardline Sunni insurgents.

Syrian regime forces backed by elite Hizbullah fighters on Wednesday managed to recapture the strategic town of Qusayr near Lebanon's border from rebel hands following a fierce assault.

Hizbullah chief Nasrallah had previously justified the group's involvement in Syria by saying they were defending Lebanese-inhabited border villages inside Syria and Shiite holy sites in the Damascus province.

But during a May 25 speech marking the 13th anniversary of Israel's military withdrawal from Lebanon, Nasrallah said the hardline Takfiris are the “most prevailing group in the Syrian opposition,” warning against a defeat against them in the ongoing war in Syria.

He said: “If Syria falls in the hands of the Takfiris and the United States, the resistance will become under a siege and Israel will enter Lebanon. If Syria falls, the Palestinian cause will be lost.”

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Default-user-icon Zouhair (Guest) 07 June 2013, 20:28

Very good job show them from where the fish pee :) and send them back in plastic bags

Missing sanctify 07 June 2013, 22:12

In the past 2 years, thousands have crossed into Syria through the Lebanese, Iraqi, Turkish and Jordanian borders. Wasn't Sheikh Asir in Qusayr a month or so ago proud of firing at enemy forces?

Missing zehlaway 07 June 2013, 22:19

To: independence, Hey man let them cross.. I hope they all do... China will be making more of those yellow bags soon. I do hope Nassrallah crosses too... The more they cross the better off Lebanon will be.

Missing anonymetexasusa 07 June 2013, 22:24

sanctify
There is a big difference.
First: For Lebanon, it doesn't matter who is crossing into syria from Jordan, Turkey, or Irak....what matters is who is crossing from Lebanon or to Lebanon.
Second: Couple of radical Lebanese Sunni grougs sending dozen of fighters to join FSA is one thing, sending entire Hezbullah Brigade with their heavy weapons to join Bashar regime is another.
Let me put this bluntly - a large militarized shiaa party in Lebanon - Hezbullah - has just made it official that he is fully engaged in the fight in Syria in support of Alawite against Sunnies. No Important Lebanese Sunni party (like Future) has crossed that line...only small marginalized Sunni radical group have. And that his a very big threat to Lebanese civil peace.

Thumb dagger 07 June 2013, 22:27

@sanctify: Yes, you are right. Assir went there to fire at the enemy as you rightfully stated. But, how come the enemy (HA) happened to be there first?

Missing anonymetexasusa 07 June 2013, 22:28

Sanctify
Let me put it that way.
Do you think that Future movement will lack the men & resources to arm and train entire brigades of fighters to send them to Syria, if it decides to do so?
And what do you think will happen to Lebanon if Future movement decides to cross that line? that same line that Hezbullah has just crossed in Qusair.

Missing gabby14 07 June 2013, 22:58

When the Hezz attack display their heads on stakes.

Thumb condor 07 June 2013, 23:00

genitals even better

Thumb Senescence 07 June 2013, 23:18

Despicable. The both of you.

Missing sanctify 07 June 2013, 23:08

I never said anything about Future. Just wondering what's the difference of radicals, be them shiites or sunnis, fighting in Syria. Now that HA are crossing, I'm hearing calls for tighter border control by the same people who facilitated the crossing of fighters over 2 years.
In any case, I look at the whole picture in the Middle East and I don't understand the fact that after so many threats that the US issues against Iran and axis, they still have not taken any action against them, neither in Iran, nor in Syria and Lebanon and have given Iraq to the Shiites thus strengthening the Iran axis. While the US keeps on hitting the sunni interests more in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and everywhere else in the muslim world and I really doubt that they will take any action in support of the FSA.

Missing anonymetexasusa 07 June 2013, 23:30

Santify
You see Iran victorious while Arab world defeated. Let's check.
Iran is under the most extreme economic santions ever, its economy is in freefall.
Iran is militarily surrounded on all fronts by US bases.
Pakistan has for the first time a democratically elected government, along with Egypt, Libya & Tunis...remember democratic elected gov are in the long run stronger, than military/despostic regimes.
Irak is still unsettled, but once Irakis figure out how to live together, they will be ever stronger than ever before, capable of standing up to Iran for their own interest.
You see American influence weakening Arabs, i see it as US is helping in building them on a stronger base.

Missing anonymetexasusa 07 June 2013, 23:31

Remember how the only 2 people who were able to stand up to Israel were Lebanese & Palestinians, that's because they are democratic, and people tend to staunchly support their democratic state, where as Bashar's regime was afraid of standing up to Israel because he was afraid Israel will destroy his precious army, and people will seize opportunity to topple him.

Missing anonymetexasusa 07 June 2013, 23:42

Now as for Syria.
I don't know why the reluctance of USA to directly interfere there.
It could be that they are considering that a quick, near term political solution would be better than a prolonged civil war there.
And the internationa peace conference for Syria scheduled in July might be the main reason behind US delay in taking direct action.
But don't worry, if push comes to shove, and if US realizes that Bashar won't heed to political solutions and pushing toward a military victory. The US can easily reverse the tide in favor of the Rebels.
Remember Qadafi forces have had the rebels were in utter defeat & on the run and were in full speed closing in on Benghazi, when Nato forces within hours blew the attacking forces to kindgom come, and it was defeat after defeat for Qadafi forces after that.
The US has the capabilties to do the same with Bashar forces, even if he gets the S-300 missile capabilities.

Default-user-icon Will (Guest) 07 June 2013, 23:50

Send a nose, an ear, a foot to Nasrallah.

Thumb primesuspect 08 June 2013, 00:02

Jajajaja u crak me up

Thumb primesuspect 08 June 2013, 00:10

Kill the terroristas. There's no food supplies 4 them.

Missing realist 08 June 2013, 00:18

The US and Israel wants the inter islamic war and Hezbollah is playing right into their hands: minorities armed to the teeth against majority lightly armed and therefore the stalemate. Meanwhile Russia and Iran are slowly sinking into the Syrian quagmire so really why would the US interfere?? This is all music to Israeli ears and pretty much costs next to nothing. The real scapegoats are the youngsters of Hezbollah dying in vain and earning the wrath of the Arab for decades to come. The Syrian people can not be defeated just like Israel could not defeat the people in the south, looks like it's gonna take us so much death and destruction to figure this one out.

Missing anonymetexasusa 08 June 2013, 01:15

realist...the US wants an inter islamic war...Really!!! Why?
To sell weapons to Rebels...strangely they are still reluntant to do so despite rebels constant requests
To spend millions of US taxpayer's $$ on aids to Syrian refugees.
To replace a Syrian regime that has maintained total calm and peace on the Israeli border for 40 years, with Chaos with gunfire and shells falling into Israel from different Syrian warring factions.
To enflame the Sunni Shiaa strife inside Oil rich Gulf states & Irak, and cause the disruption in flow of a third total US oil imports, thus paralizing US economy.

Missing anonymetexasusa 08 June 2013, 01:23

Realist
FYI... the US is strategically shifting its focus to the Pacific theater, i.e. its primary focus is no longer the Middle-East, but the Far East. Middle-East problems are second thoughts now.
Try "US Doesn't care anymore" as a conspiracy theory, which would be closer to reality, than your "US & Israel wants inter-islamic war" theory.

Missing realist 08 June 2013, 03:58

Doesn't care = Islamic civil war, if it wasn't in Israel interest it would have been dropped before it had the potential to start. The US would sell the weapons to the gulf that fears Iran, like I said rebels are not gonna be armed otherwise the balance would tip quickly: after all they had 60 percent of Syria with little weaponry. There's no doubt that Israel wants Islamic civil war and thrives on sectarianism. Arrangements could be made for it'd borders. Hezbollah in.the south and Jordanian supported FSA in daraa, that is not impossible

Missing realist 08 June 2013, 04:00

There's no conspiracy, the problem is deep within our societies. Doesn't take much to exploit. Religion had the potential for thousands of years of war

Default-user-icon The Truth (Guest) 08 June 2013, 06:23

Hopefully the Syrians will clean the Lebanese trash for us.

Missing maroun 08 June 2013, 06:50

hang the idiots and leave them to rot

Default-user-icon Ofandelor Durashti (Guest) 08 June 2013, 10:04

Between holding ground in al-Qusayr and capturing Hizbullah fighters, these rebels surely cannot count their achievements anymore as evidenced by their hallucinating spokespersons who are filling the airwaves! This is further evidenced by the orgasmic comments of the NostraDamsels here and elsewhere! al kaf bi ra2beton w3am ybare3to kamen! What a travesty!

Thumb cityboy 08 June 2013, 18:10

1phoenix, plz drop the arrogance. Funny how you forget to mention how many christians still desire and accept France as the mother or vangaurd of Lebanon. What about those christians that would in a heart beat allign with Israel if it meant the return of christian domination of Lebanon. I too hate to sound sectarian because I am the last person to accept sectarianism. Phoenix, you need to come down from your high chair and admit that all factions in Lebanon have made mistakes and continue to do so including your Geaga. You need to begin to see more good in others than frown on the bad, The vast majority of muslims and christians in Lebanon are honorable citizens and want the best for each other and the country as a whole. Enough with the doom and gloom phoenix.

Thumb cityboy 08 June 2013, 18:10

1phoenix, plz drop the arrogance. Funny how you forget to mention how many christians still desire and accept France as the mother or vangaurd of Lebanon. What about those christians that would in a heart beat allign with Israel if it meant the return of christian domination of Lebanon. I too hate to sound sectarian because I am the last person to accept sectarianism. Phoenix, you need to come down from your high chair and admit that all factions in Lebanon have made mistakes and continue to do so including your Geaga. You need to begin to see more good in others than frown on the bad, The vast majority of muslims and christians in Lebanon are honorable citizens and want the best for each other and the country as a whole. Enough with the doom and gloom phoenix.