White House Condemns Hizbullah Role in Syria, Fears Expansion of War


The White House on Tuesday condemned Hizbullah's "direct intervention" in the battle for the Syrian rebel stronghold of Qusayr, and slammed President Bashar Assad for seeking help from Iran.

A day after President Barack Obama called President Michel Suleiman to express concern over the role of the party in Syria, his spokesman Jay Carney amplified U.S. concerns about an expansion of the war.

"We have condemned and condemn again Hizbullah's direct intervention in the assault on Qusayr where the Hizbullah's fighters are playing a significant role in the regime's offensive," Carney said.

"Hizbullah's occupation of villages in Syria and its support for the regime and pro-Assad militias exacerbates and inflames regional sectarian tensions and perpetuates the regime's campaign of terror against the Syrian people".

Regarding Iran, Carney argued that it "says a lot about Assad that this is where he's looking for assistance."

Hizbullah's increasingly direct involvement has raised questions over whether it could tip the balance in the conflict away from the rebels and towards the Assad regime.

It also complicates the calculations of the Obama regime on whether to step up support for Syrian rebels -- to include direct military aid -- and as it to co-host a peace conference with Russia in Geneva next month.

Comments 6
Thumb geha 21 May 2013, 22:42

the clock is now ticking for the Syrian regime, iran and hizbushaitan.

Default-user-icon Quanshoval Bizarkout (Guest) 21 May 2013, 23:45

NostraGeha, make sure you stock up on batteries so your clock continues to tick for another decade or so.

Missing VINCENT 21 May 2013, 23:16

I guess killing each other must be a good thing? Otherwise why exercise this futile, bloody game and live your lives like discarded ally cats. People in this region have been killing each other for 4,000 years. Why stop now? God be with you.

Missing ghzayel 22 May 2013, 08:52

condemnations a la obama from the white house to the mediarama wont get you anywhere!!!
short of sending military assistance to counterbalance the russians supplies, the us, the west and the arab countries should hit hezballa and more importantly their lebanese sympatizers berri, aoun, the 8th of march gang and their followers where they hurt the most... in their pocket and try to derail and stop their business transactions in us dollars all over the world.

Default-user-icon realist (Guest) 22 May 2013, 12:39

I guess the cannibalism and gruesome video leaked out a few days ago vouches for the true cause of the virtuous rebel armies, salafi's and whatnots... Those are the people that you are rooting for!
Remember me if you read this comment... that in the coming near furture... the west and east will back up the "regieme" once again... not because it is just, i wouldnt care less... but of the new radicalist orders coming about the region.

Missing allouchi 22 May 2013, 14:47

1 person did that you idot...