Hizbullah Members Captured in Syria by Al-Nusra Tell of Mistakes in the Field

(NOW-Lebanon) Alex Rowell - An exclusive 30-minute video interview with Hizbullah captives held by the Al-Nusra Front outside Aleppo that was due to be aired on MTV in Beirut on Feb. 3 was abbreviated after a senior Hizbullah official put pressure on the television station and the journalist who filmed the piece. After lengthy debates, it was agreed that seven minutes of the less "controversial" footage would be aired. Lebanese journalist Carol Malouf told NOW that the full content of her interview with the two Hizbullah members "scares" the party. "It hits the nerve of the host community, because it shows that there are a lot of screw-ups in the field, there were mistakes....There is a lot of pressure to send people more than once to the field, even though they signed up to go only once for 15 days per year....It shows they're not taking care of their people enough." Nusra dealt Hizbullah's military efforts a further propaganda blow when it announced on Nov. 14 that it had kidnapped three Hizbullah fighters and released a video of them. Hizbullah is currently negotiating for their release, the pro-Hizbullah daily Al-Akhbar reported.

2016-02-12 00:00:00

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