UN Confirms Hizbullah Fighting for Assad in Syria

(New York Times) Nick Cumming-Bruce - Syria's civil war has evolved from a battle over political change into a conflict that is "overtly sectarian," pulling fighters from across the Middle East and North Africa into the fray, a UN-appointed panel led by Brazilian Paulo Pinheiro said Thursday. "Entire communities are at risk of being forced out of the country or killed inside the country," it said. Lebanon's Shiite group Hizbullah had confirmed its members were fighting for the Assad government, the panel said, and it was investigating reports that Iraqi Shiites had also entered Syria. Iran had also confirmed that members of its Revolutionary Guards Corps are providing the Assad regime with support.

2012-12-20 00:00:00

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