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Tuesday, March 5, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Opposition: Syria deployed Hizbullah to suppress anti-Assad protests

WASHINGTON — The Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah has been arresting Syrians opposed to the regime of President Bashar Assad.


Syrian opposition sources said Hizbullah units have been quelling demonstrations in Lebanon meant to support the Syrian opposition. They said Hizbullah forces have focused on blocking anti-Assad protests in Beirut and southern Lebanon.

"Hizbullah has been playing a major role for the Assad regime both in Lebanon and Syria," an opposition source said.

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The opposition Reform Party of Syria reported that Hizbullah detained 17 Syrians in Beirut on March 30. RPS said the Syrians had been protesting the Assad regime in the southern part of the capital, an area directly controlled by Hizbullah.

"One more reason for freedom in Syria so that we can clip the wings of these thugs," RPS said.

More than one million Syrian laborers and other expatriates are reported to be living in Syria. Most of the Syrian presence has been linked to the Assad regime.

The sources said Hizbullah has also sent more than 1,000 of its fighters into Syria to help quell anti-Assad unrest. At the same time, they said, Hizbullah was seeking to intimidate the pro-Western March 14 coalition in Lebanon to prevent demonstrations against Damascus.

"There is an unethical campaign to implicate the Future Movement in what is happening in Syria," Lebanese parliamentarian Ammar Al Houri, a member of the Future Movement led by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said. "This is something that we have nothing to do with whatsoever."


Wow. I was just visiting Syria last year this time. It was a trip of my dreams as my grandparents were born there and always wanted to see what it was like. My relatives told me today: "Looks like you made the trip just in time." Good luck to the good people of Syria. Beautiful country but I understand why my grandparents left on a boat many years ago. There is no place like the United States, even if you like or don't like the president. This land is grand and voting solves it all here.

Rita Manhiha      4:23 p.m. / Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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