Members of al-Qaida's Nusra Front [File].
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Al-Qaida affiliate al-Nusra Front said Monday that it will begin to target Lebanese terror group Hezbollah for its ties with the Syrian government and Iran. The group said the reason for this was major crimes against Sunni muslims in Syria at the hands of the Syria's Bashar Assad government.
“The assaults that Hezbollah is committing against Sunnis in Syria are not a secret anymore... Our target at this stage is to attack the Iranian party's strongholds,” al-Nusra Front said via Twitter.
Al-Nusra called Hezbollah's biggest supporters a “legal target,” and warned that Lebanon was at risk of a massive war like that in Syria.
“Don't let Hezbollah make you pay the price of its crimes ... The Sunnis have pledged not to return to their homes until they avenge those who treated them with unjust,” al-Nusra warned.
In January, al-Nusra Front threatened action against members of the Lebanese security forces it holds as captives after police stormed a wing of the country's largest prison where Islamist militants are detained.
"As a result of the deterioration of security in Lebanon, you will hear about surprises regarding the fate of the prisoners with us," the Nusra Front said on its Twitter account.
Four of the soldiers held by the Nusra Front have been killed in detention despite ongoing negotiations with the Lebanese authorities for their release. Reuters contributed to this report.