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WASHINGTON – There are increasing indications the United States and allies seeking the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are working with Sunni allies in Lebanon to take advantage of the chaos and attack the Lebanese-based and Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which supports the Shiite Alawite Assad, regional sources have told Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Israel, the sources say, would have an opportunity to launch an attack into Lebanon to eliminate the fighting capability of Hezbollah, which the U.S., Israel and Canada regard as a terrorist group.
Among the “Sunni allies” would be al-Qaida, which already has threatened to attack the Lebanese Hezbollah for its support of Syria’s Assad. Al-Qaida and its Sunni Salafist allies back the Syrian opposition forces seeking Assad’s ouster.
Sources have told WND/G2Bulletin that Hezbollah military forces already are engaged with Sunni forces fighting against Shiites, including Alawites, in and around Tripoli. They add that some of the Sunni units include al-Qaida.
The al-Qaida affiliate, Abdallah Azzam Brigades, which is active in Syria and Lebanon, already has threatened to attack Hezbollah, which would ignite more sectarian violence and conflict in Lebanon, where a protracted sectarian civil war occurred from 1975 to 1990.
In addition, sources say the Sunni effort is backed financially by Saudi Arabia, which also has placed Saudi intelligence operatives in the northern part of Lebanon.
Al-Qaida’s presence in Syria and Lebanon is increasing as the terrorist group takes advantage of the fractious opposition leadership amid the chaos in Syria and the increasing prospect that the civil war in Syria could spill over into Lebanon.
Al-Qaida’s influence developed even as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently met to discuss the situation in Syria. The leaders reportedly called for the U.S. to get its Sunni March 14 allies in Lebanon to force a vote in the Lebanese parliament calling for the deployment of international troops along Lebanon’s northern border with Syria, according to regional sources.
In suggesting this approach, they reportedly dusted off an old plan that was developed following the July 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah. That 33-day confrontation revealed Hezbollah had more military capabilities than assessed. It was only recently revealed that the Israeli intent during the 33-day war was to destroy the resistance group.
The plan is said to be called the “Jeffrey Feltman Project,” which was proposed in 2007 at the request of Israel.
In effect, the plan envisages a “liberated geographic zone” to pressure Syria and others with a base for military operations in the region, according to Franklin Lamb, a Beirut-based international lawyer and regional analyst.
“With the Syrian chaos and crisis, the sought opportunity may have arrived with Pentagon analysts and American allies agreeing with Clinton and Erdogan that the time for a regional Kleiat airbase [close to Tripoli] is now,” Lamb said.
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