Hezbollah program funded by Iran targets youth in Bekaa, even Christians, to fight in Syria

by Martin Jay

12 November 2014 | 11:14

  • by Martin Jay
  • Last update: 12 November 2014 | 11:14

Hezbollah is cranking up its military campaign in neighbouring Syria with a plan to beef up the numbers there.
The Lebanese-based Shiite movement is believed to be reactivating the Resistance Brigades by recruiting fighters from all sects in the north and the west of the Bekaa valley and offering them training and arms to combat the Islamic State group and other organizations.
But it's Iran who is overseeing the military training and who is presumably the paymasters for the salaries paid to the new recruits.

According to the Arabic language edition of An Nahar newspaper published today, several youth are directly training with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in return for a hefty salary ranging between $1,500 and $2,500.
The newspaper reported that Hezbollah still hasn't sent the Resistance Brigades fighters to the neighboring country Syria but instead the party is preparing them to confront any upcoming war or extremist group that sought refuge in Lebanon.

The report continued that a number of Christian fighters requested to join the Resistance Brigades amid the unstable security and social situation. This corresponds with cooperation between Christian communities in those regions and Hezbollah which has been reported to have armed them in order to protect them from any IS attacks.

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