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Iran Press TV

Hezbollah mobilizes forces ahead of potential US-led attack on Syria

Iran Press TV

Mon Sep 2, 2013 2:32PM GMT

Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement is mobilizing its force as the war rhetoric against Syria intensifies, witnesses say.

According to witnesses in Lebanon, it appears to be a general mobilization of the group's members since many Hezbollah fighters have left their regular posts in several villages in the southern Lebanese city of Tyre and the Bekaa Valley over the past five days, AFP reported on Monday.

It also said that teenagers have replaced more experienced Hezbollah fighters at checkpoints in the southern suburbs of the capital Beirut.

A Hezbollah spokesman, however, declined to comment on the reported redeployment of the group's forces.

Meanwhile, Lebanon's al-Akhbar daily has reported that the "Syrian army has mobilized units that have not participated until now in the conflict."

"It has established an operations room ... with Hezbollah and the units in charge of missiles are at an unprecedented level of alert," the daily said adding, "The Islamic resistance (Hezbollah) has called on all its officers and members to man their positions."

The reported mobilization comes as the West appears to be moving toward taking military action against the Syrian government over the use of chemical weapons.

The Syrian government has vehemently rejected the accusation, saying the attack was carried out by the militants to draw in military intervention.

US President Barack Obama delayed an imminent military strike against Syria on August 31 to seek approval for the move from the Congress, which will debate the issue when lawmakers return from recess on September 9. The Obama administration has, however, said it “has the right” to attack Syria even if the Congress does not approve the measure.


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