Hizbullah shows the war on Terror can be won

Many lessons can be drawn by the recent victory of Lebanese resistance forces. Which was represented by Hezbollah party and supported by Syrian and Lebanese armies where Jabhat Al Nusra Front, which is affiliated to Al Qaeda, was defeated in Jrod Arsal (Tora Bora of Lebanon). More than 150 square kms was liberated from the terrorist organization after five years of occupying this strategic area, on the border between the two countries. Now the war goes on in the remaining areas under the control of its sister group, known as the Islamic State or Daesh.

Military experts and strategic analysts have been studying the victory within a short span of time. So fast and swift that it left them baffled as the area was filled with harsh terrains and human-made caves, which made it impossible to eliminate hiding places used by terrorists who kept on attacking Syria and Lebanon soft targets and kills civilians.

This is a turning point in the fight against terrorism and many lessons can be drawn from such a defeat to terror.

It was meticulously planned and executed with minimum loss of life. According to an Israeli newspaper, Abu Malik Al Talli, the leader of the Al Qaeda in the area, contacted the Israeli government seeking Prime Minister Netanyahu’s help in defeating Hezbollah and Syrian army, “the enemy of Israel”, but the French ambassador to Lebanon conveyed a warning from Hezbollah to Israel for retaliation in case there was continued support to the terrorist organization or if it came to its rescue.

The terror groups fighting in Syria and supported from Jordan and Israel, were told that no more support will be extended and hence elimination became easy after being used to the maximum to kill and destabilize Syria.

Lessons learned from fighting terrorism

The media did not focus much on the success of the war on terror and the elimination of Al Qaeda group from this particular area without the support of US and the West!

Are you surprised? Think it over. How can you win a war on terror without their support? I am not surprised.

Israelcontinues to have sleepless nights about the increasing skills of the Hezbollah fighters in the war against terrorists in Syria and Lebanon. The battle in Syria and Lebanon raised the morale among Hezbollah fighters and any misadventure of Israel army to attack Lebanon again which would lead to an all open war in Syria and Lebanon with Iran’s involvement.

The pretext for Israel to support Al Qaeda at the border with Syria is to keep Iran and Hezbollah fighters away from its oil-rich border with Syria. Especially after the discovery a good reserve of oil in the Syrian occupied Golan and neighboring areas extended into the Syrian territory. There is no other explanation for Israel’s support to Al Qaeda. In fact, even the Israeli officials havve been saying it out in the open, including Netanyahu who was smiling to cameras while visiting terrorists treated at a makeshift hospital created by IDF in occupied Golan.

The Lebanese victory coincided with the Al Aqsa mosque rift with Palestinians who fought the Israeli occupation forces and resisted the new Israeli measures of intervention in their holy places. This also exposed the “Moderate Sunni Arab Countries” trying to normalize relations with Israel at the time of its continuing occupation and annihilation of the Palestinian territory. Netanyahu’s days may be counted for his mishandling of this issue and a chargesheet of corruption charges against him, to be tabled soon. All these developments led to a sudden rise of popularity of resistance forces and gaining sympathizers.

Targeting Iran and Hezbollah

The quick victories by the Syrian army, with the help of Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, led to the liberation of territory from terror groups so much for the disliking of Israel which is putting more pressures on USA using the Jewish lobby AIPAC and other outfits, to act against Hezbollah and Iran ever since President Trump came to power. Trump administration, on the other hand, will now activate and internationalize the UNSC resolution 1701 to expand the UNIFIL role on the border of Lebanon with Israel. Washington wanted to dilute the winning battle of Hezbollah against the Al Qaeda terrorist group, by taking part in the elimination of the Islamic State from the Lebanese border for which the Lebanese army had already taken the initiative. US does not want Hezbollah to take any role in this war. In fact, keeping this hotspot active will keep a check on the party positions in Bekaa Valley and neighboring areas thus leading to an attraction of the international community to amend the UNSC resolution 1701 under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

Israelis also pushing for US meddling in UNIDOF with Syria and Israel. Tel Aviv is hoping to create a “buffer zone” next to occupied Syrian Golan.

It was Prime Minister Netanyahu who pushed President Trump for more action against the Syrian government for a regime change in Syria. President Trump ended CIA support to moderate terrorist groups in Syria but kept the ante against the Lebanese party.

Kuwait, on the other hand, opened an investigation about an alleged Hezbollah cell in Kuwait, with a view to strengthen the American hand in tarnishing the image of the party as an international terrorist organization. This suits Israel which is preparing for a war against the party. But, the cost will be catastrophic if an all-out war broke this time. Hezbollah threatened Israel that the war will be fought inside Israel and not only on the Lebanese territory. Common Israeli citizens take this threat very seriously.

The inter-fighting among Gulf countries, Saudi Arabia and allies, against Qatar has exposed the nexus between the terrorist groups fighting in Syria and those funding them with the knowledge and approval of USA and the West. 

Final Thoughts

Many lessons are learned from winning the war on terror in this battle. A comprehensive fight against terrorism can be achieved only if states sponsoring terrorism stop funding, arming and training the terrorists. Stop using terrorism as a tool to achieve political gains and stop taking revenge from those truly fighting the terror menace.

The writer is a senior Syrian journalist based in Delhi


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