Hizbullah Is Caught in an Al-Qaeda Vise

(Daily Star-Lebanon) Michael Young - In the car bomb in the Bekaa Valley, near the village of Sbouba, a large quantity of explosives was used and the blast occurred near a Hizbullah base, which must have been under observation for some time. This indicated a level of professionalism similar to the one evident in the bombings at the Iranian Embassy in October. Such operations are taking place in a wider context of al-Qaeda's reaffirming itself regionally, especially in a swathe of territory stretching from Iraq to Syria and now extending increasingly to Lebanon. Hizbullah now finds itself transformed into cannon fodder in a battle against al-Qaeda, when its initial goal was merely to defend Assad rule.

2013-12-20 00:00:00

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