03 Sep '17, 1pm

VOA via SWJ: Victory Over IS on Lebanon-Syria Border Is Boon for Hezbollah

VOA via SWJ: Victory Over IS on Lebanon-Syria Border Is Boon for Hezbollah

Victory Over IS on Lebanon-Syria Border Is Boon for Hezbollah Rikar Hussein and Nisan Ahmado - VOA News Hezbollah and Syrian flags flutter on a military vehicle in Western Qalamoun, Syria, Aug, 28, 2017. As convoys of the Lebanese army on Wednesday returned from a recent operation against Islamic State militants in the border region with Syria, cheering civilians showered them with rose petals and danced around them with Lebanese flags. It was a moment for Lebanon to celebrate the expulsion of IS from its redoubt in Qalamoun region close to the Syrian border. IS had been in control of the region for more than three years. Experts warned, however, that what might seem to be a Lebanese victory could be a Trojan horse hiding Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which emerges as the main victor in the operation. Hezbollah, a Shi'ite political and militant group founded in early 1980s fol...

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