The Free Syrian Army, the “rebel” mercenary group supported and trained by the CIA and MI6, has vowed to expand operations into Lebanon and attack Hezbollah, the paramilitary and political organization established in 1982 to resist the Israeli invasion of Lebanon.
On Tuesday, Fahd al-Masri, who is affiliated with the Free Syrian Army Joint Command, told the London-based daily newspaper Ash-Sharq-al-Awsat that the FSA will expand the proxy war in Syria to “the heart” of Beirut’s southern suburb of Dahiyeh, a Hezbollah stronghold.
The FSA claims to hold 13 members of Hezbollah captive in the Syrian city of Homs. In August, the United States accused Hezbollah of “deep involvement” in the al-Assad regime attempt to combat FSA attacks inside the country.
The accusations are part of a coordinated effort by the Treasury and State Departments to impose sanctions on Syria. The U.S. claims Hezbollah is working in tandem with operatives of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, according to the New York Times.
The Future Movement bloc of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has declared that Hezbollah has signed on to the “Baabda Declaration,” which vows to keep Lebanon out of the conflict in Syria.
Despite Lebanon’s neutrality, the FSA attacked a Lebanese Army post near the northern border with Syria in September.
“For the second time in under a week, a unit from the Free Syrian Army [consisting of] a large number of gunmen entered Lebanese territory overnight via the outskirts of Arsal, where it attacked one of the Lebanese Army’s posts,” a military statement said, according to the Daily Star in Lebanon.
The FSA has worked long and hard to drag Lebanon into the conflict between Syria and the CIA’s proxy fighters. On October 6, a large number of FSA fighters were killed on the Syria-Lebanon border, RIA Novosti reported. A few days earlier, on October 3, FSA commander Colonel Riad al-Assaad claimed the terrorist group killed Hezbollah commander Ali Hussein Nassif in the Homs area of Qusayr near the border.
In May, the Russian government expressed concerns about the effort to destabilize Lebanon. “Moscow is seriously concerned by growing internal tensions in Lebanon. It appears that the forces that have failed to realize their plans to destabilize Syria have turned to the neighboring Lebanon,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website.
In 2007, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reported on an effort by the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia to assemble a region-wide army of extremist-mercenaries to take on Hezbollah in Lebanon, destabilize and overthrow Syria, and create a united front of Sunni fanatics against Iran.
“The forces recruited for this effort would come from the ranks of the CIA-created ‘Arab foreign legion,’ Al Qaeda itself – extremist groups fresh back from fighting US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, including listed terror organizations like the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) from Libya,” Global Research noted on May 14.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah accused Bush and his coterie of neocons back in 2007 of working with Israel to deliberately instigate fitna, an Arabic word translated to mean “insurrection and fragmentation within Islam.”
As we have documented, the Free Syria Army is a CIA construct rife with members from al-Qaeda. This fact is admitted by none other than the Council on Foreign Relations: “The Syrian rebels would be immeasurably weaker today without al-Qaeda in their ranks,” writes Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the CFR. “The influx of jihadis brings discipline, religious fervor, battle experience from Iraq, funding from Sunni sympathizers in the Gulf, and most importantly, deadly results.”
It also brings endless sectarian violence, organized political murder and polarization and works to further balkanize the Arab and Muslim Middle East, a project now well underway across the region.