Nasrallah: Downfall of Assad would mean fall of Hezbollah

 


Both Assad and Hezbollah have been fighting against a Sunni Islamist dominated opposition, which includes various jihadi groups such as al-Qaida’s Nusra Front and Islamic State.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah emphasized the importance of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, saying that it cannot fall as it would mean the fall of the party and the fall of the axis of resistance, a Lebanese newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Nasrallah also reportedly went on to claim that Assad would not be overthrown, but that it would not be possible to recover control over all of Syrian territory during a meeting last Thursday with the former army chief and Christian leader allied with Hezbollah, MP Michel Aoun, the Al-Akhbar newspaper reported which is close to the Shi’ite party.

The Shi’ite resistance axis of Iran, Hezbollah, and Syria has been fighting against a Sunni Islamist dominated opposition, which includes various jihadi groups such as al-Qaida’s Nusra Front and Islamic State.

Meanwhile, Nasrallah is set to deliver a speech on Tuesday dealing with regional issues, its media arm, Al-Manar reported.

The meeting occurred on Thursday night in Beirut's southern suburbs and lasted five hours, the Lebanese Daily Star reported on Monday.

Aoun reportedly described the meeting as “excellent” and “very positive.” An agreement was reached on political, security, and military issues, a source close to Aoun told the Lebanese newspaper.

They also agreed to maintain security in Lebanon despite the chaos going on in the region, the sources said, with a Hezbollah statement adding that they also discussed “the terrorist takfiri threat endangering the whole region, and highlighted the necessity of fighting it by all means to protect Lebanon and its stability.”

Prof. Eyal Zisser, an expert on Syria from the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, told the Post on Monday that there has been no dramatic change in the balance of power as of late, but “the momentum is definitely going against Assad and in the long run it is hard to see how he can survive.”

“The main issue is the lack of manpower,” said Zisser adding that even with the additional Hezbollah and Shi’ite forces, it is not enough to really change the dynamics of the war.

Source: Jerusalem Post
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