CIA’s Free Syria Army Vows to Carry Out Attacks in Lebanon
October 10, 2012
The Free Syrian Army, the “rebel” mercenary group supported and trained by the CIA and MI6, has vowed to expand operations into Lebanon and attack Hezbollah, the paramilitary and political organization established in 1982 to resist the Israeli invasion of Lebanon.
On Tuesday, Fahd al-Masri, who is affiliated with the Free Syrian Army Joint Command, told the London-based daily newspaper Ash-Sharq-al-Awsat that the FSA will expand the proxy war in Syria to “the heart” of Beirut’s southern suburb of Dahiyeh, a Hezbollah stronghold.
The FSA claims to hold 13 members of Hezbollah captive in the Syrian city of Homs. In August, the United States accused Hezbollah of “deep involvement” in the al-Assad regime attempt to combat FSA attacks inside the country.
The accusations are part of a coordinated effort by the Treasury and State Departments to impose sanctions on Syria. The U.S. claims Hezbollah is working in tandem with operatives of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, according to the New York Times.
The Future Movement bloc of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has declared that Hezbollah has signed on to the “Baabda Declaration,” which vows to keep Lebanon out of the conflict in Syria.
Despite Lebanon’s neutrality, the FSA attacked a Lebanese Army post near the northern border with Syria in September.
“For the second time in under a week, a unit from the Free Syrian Army [consisting of] a large number of gunmen entered Lebanese territory overnight via the outskirts of Arsal, where it attacked one of the Lebanese Army’s posts,” a military statement said, according to the Daily Star in Lebanon.