The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a video and a series of photos documenting its recent operations against Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, is fighting alongside Bashar al Assad’s forces against Al Nusrah and other rebels in Syria. But the two sides have also repeatedly fought one another in Lebanon as well.
In the video above, Al Nusrah shows footage from its raid on a Hezbollah outpost in the town of Brital, which is close to the border with Syria. In text displayed during the video, the al Qaeda group claims its fighters killed 11 Hezbollah jihadists, wounded tens of others, and forced the remaining Hezbollah forces to flee.
Al Nusrah says its fighters captured a variety of weaponry, including an American-made rocket launcher. And the group also claims that only one of its members was killed and one other wounded during the raid.
Skirmishes also took place elsewhere inside Lebanon. And the total number of Hezbollah casualties varies greatly in the reporting, with some reports saying that 10 Hebollah fighters were killed.
Hezbollah sources, meanwhile, have given their version of events to the press. Citing a “person close to Hezbollah,” Reuters reports that at least 16 Nusrah Front fighters were killed. While Hezbollah temporarily lost control of the outpost, Hezbollah sources say, Al Nusrah’s fighters were pushed back into Syria.
According to Reuters, the Al Nusrah fighters “attacked at least 10 Hezbollah bases along a mountain range close to the Syrian border.” Their assault covered “a large area stretching from south of the town of Baalbek to areas close to the border town of Arsal.”
In August, Al Nusrah and the Islamic State, a jihadist group that was disowned by al Qaeda’s general command in February, fought against Lebanese forces in Arsal. In addition to killing a number of Lebanese security officials and soldiers, the jihadists took others hostage. Al Nusrah and the Islamic State have killed at least three of the Lebanese hostages. And the Al Nusrah Front continues to use the captives in its anti-Iranian propaganda.
Al Nusrah claims that its attack on the Hezbollah outpost near Brital is revenge for attacks on refugees and others in Arsal.
In addition to the video above, Al Nusrah has released several photos from the fighting. For example, the photos below purportedly show several Hezbollah fighters who were killed during Al Nusrah’s raids in Lebanon.
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Red on Red. Looks like an Iranian Toophan system at the end of the video. Hezbollah and/or Nasrallah should be very worried. They can’t leave Syria without risking the collapse of Assad, and the Sunni Wahabis are beginning to hit them on their home turf. They are in a very bad place strategically.
Well I know what your next article will be at least.
I noticed the videos are being removed by Youtube. Can you remedy the issue?
Just realised you would have been linking your articles to militant videos.
Israel better not be rejoicing that ISIS is fighting Hezbollah. After Hezbollah Israel is next. And ISIS won’t be a push over. Once ISIS enters Israel they’ll get a lot of help from the Muslims. Better start being friends with Palestine. Probably too late, break out the Israeli nukes.
Try //www.liveleak.com, there’s a tab on top for Syria. That’s my goto site now.
The problem here is the weak Lebanese Army. Recently ISIS took 25 or so Lebanese soldiers hostage and all we saw was a lot of fist-pumping and rhetoric from the Army, yet no real action.
This spill-over is not good for the Middle East. It will pan out in 1 of 2 ways if it ever escalates.
1) The Lebanese Army and Hezbollah will unite and stiffen with covert and overt Iranian and Western help.
2) Lebanon will splinter again , with Sunni groups supporting whoever supports them , including Isis and Al Nusrah .
Christians /Shia and minority groups will gravitate towards Iran and the West.
The first scenario is most likely to play out. I don’t think the Lebanese or anybody else for that matter wants another Lebanese war.
AZ please wake up from your dream ISIS on its best day can’t match the idf, the same army that defeated the combined forces of the whole arab world several times. All israel needs to do now is to stay ready, pass the popcorn and enjoy the show of muslim on muslim mayhem