Free Syrian Army (FSA) hasn’t even close to finished with its goal
of taking over Syria, but the rebel faction is looking to move into
cross-border entanglements in the next few days, threatening
attacks on Lebanon if
Hezbollah doesn’t back off in their border dispute.
dispute on the Syria-Lebanon border has been growing over the past
few days, with Hezbollah and FSA fighterskilling
one another in disputesover
a number of border villages, nominally on the Syrian side but
populated mostly Lebanese Shi’ites who have sought Hezbollah help
in keep the mostly Sunni rebels out.
has been mostly mum on the matter, confirming the clashes but not
really elaborating on what they believe the endgame will be. The
rebels have responded with more and more bellicose proclamations, and
even accused Hezbollah of an “invasion.”
the end it is unlikely Hezbollah is going to back down over the
villages, which the FSA has ordered evacuated, but exactly how much
of an attack the FSA can launch across border remains to be seen. The
FSA was at one point fueling
Lebanon’s far north however, and limited moves aimed at
kickstarting more internal Lebanese strife are more likely than a
cross-border attacks in force.