The leader of the Hezbollah terror group said Sunday that the government of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is no longer in danger of falling, reported The Associated Press (AP).
Hassan Nasrallah was quoted as having said in an interview with Lebanon's daily As-Safir newspaper that the danger of the Syrian government's "fall has ended."
“The Syrian battle’s aim is not making democracy or justice or fighting corruption, but changing the position of Syria and the offers President Bashar al-Assad received more than once prove this,” Nasrallah said, according to Hezbollah’s Al-Manar network.
Excerpts of the interview were published Sunday by Lebanon's official National News Agency. The full interview will appear in the newspaper's Monday edition.
Hezbollah has sent fighters to assist Syrian government troops in their battles against the rebels trying to oust Assad from power. The Shiite group's fighters were instrumental in helping Assad's forces dislodge opposition fighters from their strongholds along the Lebanon-Syria border.
The group’s strongholds in Lebanon have been the targets of repeated attacks ever since it acknowledged its support for Assad.
Nevertheless, Nasrallah has promised that his group will be wherever is needed in Syria.
In addition to facing attacks within Lebanon, Hezbollah has been sustaining heavy losses in Syria. The group recently took part in the fighting for the key town for Yabroud and lost over 120 fighters during the battle.