Hezbollah Calls U.S. Strike on Syria ‘Organized Terrorism’

Vows retaliation if America strikes

Lebanese pro-Syrian regime supporters with their hands painted in red to symbolize blood, attend a demonstration against a possible military strike in Syria, The yellow flag represents Hezbollah, as the Syrian flag is seen at right / AP


The terror group Hezbollah has called a potential American strike on Syria "organized terrorism," according to an official statement released by the group.

The terror group’s political arm released a statement late Thursday rejecting U.S. action in Syria, where Hezbollah militants have been waging war on behalf of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Hezbollah said that it "considers the U.S. aggression on Syria or the threat" to carry out an attack "direct and organized terrorism," according a statement released by the group and posted by Iran’s Al Alam News Network.

The terror group went on to state that the threat of American military action "represents a challenge to the region and its people as well as a blatant threat to regional and international peace and security."

The statement came as Congress debates the Obama administration’s position that America must take action in Syria.

Hezbollah labeled the entire Syria debate a "conspiracy."

"The U.S. administration reached a level of direct involvement in Syria which proves that the crisis in Syria is a conspiracy, part of a strategic project that dreams of power in the region," the statement said.

Hezbollah, which operates in and is funded by Iran, has become a key pro-Assad presence in Syria, where its highly trained fighters have been fighting against rebels.

Iranian officials have threatened to order Hezbollah to attack Israel, U.S. diplomatic outposts, and other Western targets should the United States get involved in Syria.

Hezbollah’s reaction to a possible U.S. strike has emerged as a main concern among American lawmakers as they decide whether or not to vote in favor of a congressional resolution backing military action.

Iranian state-run media reports have suggested that Hezbollah’s response would be based on the size and scale of a U.S. strike in Syria.

"If military action is limited, then it is argued that Hezbollah could respond by increasing its military support for the Syrian government against the armed groups," Iran’s state-run Press TV said on Friday.

A more robust strike "could increase the dangers of repercussions that Hezbollah has warned of," Press TV stated.

Iran and Hezbollah view any U.S. intervention as a boon to Israel, which both have vowed to destroy.

"Hezbollah views the Syrian crisis through the spectrum of its rivalry with Israel," PressTV stated. "Its support for the government stems from a belief that the fall of president Bashar Assad would be a boost for Israel and a blow to the anti Israeli resistance axis, a belief confirmed by Israeli statements. And so a U.S. strike on Syria could then be viewed as a strike against Hezbollah and the resistance axis, leaving all options on the table regarding the retaliation."

Obama said on Friday that he continues to support "a response that is limited, proportional, but that is meaningful."

This strike would serve "as a strong deterrent" to Assad, who may have used some sort of "poisonous gas" against fighters near Damascus on Friday afternoon.

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