Saudis Resurrect a Rival for Hizbullah

[Asia Times-Hong Kong] Sami Moubayed - Saudi money is being pumped into the Shi'ite community in south Lebanon - in vain - to create a bloc against Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah. The Saudis are reportedly funding a rival wing of Hizbullah itself, modeled around Sheikh Subhi Tufayli, one of the party's original founders. The Saudis are strongly opposed to Hizbullah, claiming it is an extension of Iranian influence in the Arab world. The Saudis have also begun coordinating with former Syrian vice president Abdul-Halim Khaddam to break Hizbullah's influence in Lebanon.

2008-10-22 01:00:00

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