Hezbollah supporters Beirut 370.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Muhammad Shalabi, a jihadist leader in Jordan, has called for a jihad against
the Shi’ite Hezbollah, predicting a decisive confrontation between Sunni
Islamists and the Lebanese “Party of God” in the coming days, according to a
report on Monday in the Arab daily Al-Hayat.
He said that the
al-Qaida linked al-Nusra Front is heading to all of the areas where Hezbollah
fighters are present.
“It is a duty to carry out jihad against all of the
aggressors,” said Shalabi. “We call openly to fight this party,” he said, urging
the Sunnis in Lebanon and Syria to target Hezbollah’s positions and
This is the first time that Shalabi has explicitly called for
attacking Hezbollah, according to the report.
Shalabi also mentioned that
Shi’ite fighters from Bahrain, Pakistan, and other Gulf countries are coming to
fight in Syria alongside Hezbollah.
There are more than 500 Jordanian
fighters supporting the al-Nusra Front, said Shalabi.
They enter Syria of
their own initiative with the assistance of smugglers.
connection between Jordan’s Salafists and the al-Nusra Front, he said that there
is no organizational unity between the groups, but that they have the same
Jordan has arrested dozens of Salafis over the past few months
before they were able to reach Syria, according to the report.