Report: Hezbollah preparing for war with Israel

Sources close to Hezbollah say group may initiate war with Israel in bid to relieve pressure to topple Syria’s Assad; terror group ‘will not just watch’ as West brings Syrian president down, Lebanese official says.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah is preparing for a possible war with Israel to relieve perceived Western pressure to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, its guardian ally, sources close to the movement say.

The radical Shi’ite group is watching the unrest in neighboring Syria with alarm and is determined to prevent the West from exploiting popular protests to bring down Assad.

Hezbollah supported pro-democracy movements that toppled Western-backed leaders in Tunisia and Egypt, but officials say it will not stand idly by as international pressure mounts on Assad to yield to protesters.  Read more.

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