Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah 390 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/ Ahmad Shalha)
Hezbollah is under pressure to withdraw from Syria as the US and Sunni leaders
in Lebanon and Syria criticize the group’s intervention.
the former head of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and
Opposition Forces, called for Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah to withdraw his
fighters from Syria to avoid a sectarian war, AFP reported on
“Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria has complicated matters
deeply and I expected you, given your political and social stature, to play a
more positive role,” the open letter posted on Khatib’s Facebook account
“There is a cunning plan to drag the Islamic world into sectarian
conflict pitting Sunnis against Shi’ites, starting from Syria and Lebanon, only
then to engulf all countries in the region, including Iran and Turkey,” Khatib
said, according to AFP.
Susan Rice, the US representative to the UN, also
complained about the Shi’ite terrorist group’s role in Syria.
not only continues to undermine Lebanon from within by violating the
government’s policy of disassociation [from the civil war], but actively enables
Assad to wage war on the Syrian people by providing money, weapons and expertise
to the regime in close coordination with Iran,” she said, according to a report
in the Daily Star
In Lebanon, two Salafi clerics called for a jihad to
overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. Lebanese Foreign Minister
Adnan Mansour, who is holding the position until a new government is formed,
said the calls for jihad would hurt Lebanon and the region.
for jihad in Syria incite strife and undermine the national, social and
spiritual makeup of the peoples of the region,” Mansour said in an interview
with Radio Monte Carlo on Thursday, as quoted by the Now Lebanon
Hezbollah, along with Iran, is fighting to keep Assad’s regime
in power as it faces a Sunni rebel uprising supported by other Sunni nations in
Earlier this week, former Lebanese prime minister Saad
Hariri, the head of the Sunnidominated Future Movement, said that Hezbollah’s
involvement in Syria was a crime against Lebanon, according to the
“Hezbollah’s involvement in the fight in Syria is an involvement in
defense of the Syrian regime, regardless of the sectarian or factional excuses
that the party is putting forth to justify this crime. [This will] drag Lebanon
into a fire that Bashar Assad has warned of,” Hariri said.