The rise of sectarian violence and recent Israeli bombing indicate that the true aim of the Syrian civil war is to weaken Iran’s position in the region, Middle East expert Tariq Ali said in an interview with RT.
Hezbollah militants are fighting beside Syrian governmental troops to retake the strategic town of Qusair from the rebels. It’s considered a key weapons smuggling route for opposition forces near the Lebanese border.
The battle for the city in the contested Homs Province is viewed by both sides as a turning point which could prove crucial in deciding the conflict.
Tariq Ali believes Hezbollah has joined the fight in order to protect the weapons smuggling routes of their own, those coming from neighboring Iran.
As for the Syrian people, Ali says the majority just wants the war in the country to end, no matter which side gets the upper hand.
- Battle for strategic Qusayr : Syrian army, Hezbollah fight rebels for supply corridor (trunewsmedia.wordpress.com)
- Syrian army, Hezbollah attack rebels in border town: opposition (news.yahoo.com)
- Hezbollah inciting violence, U.S. says (upi.com)