Hezbollah Recruits Sunnis near Shaba Farms

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CBNNews.com - SHABA FARMS, Israel - Hezbollah is recruiting Sunni Muslims in southern Lebanon to join "resistance battalions," particularly in villages near the Israeli border at Shaba Farms (Mount Dov).

According to a Western journalist embedded in Lebanon, "There is a real tussle for control of this area between Hezbollah and the Future Movement, Lebanon's main Sunni political party."

Hezbollah's control of the region could facilitate an attack on Shaba Farms, which the group has vowed to carry out should Israel not cede the territory.

Since the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006, support for Hezbollah, a Shi'ite group, has waned in southern Lebanon in favor of the Future Movement, and both continue to fight for control of the region.

Since 2000, both groups have tried undermining the other by offering monthly salaries to families of terrorists, civil services like snow removal, and cash bribes to politicians.

"It doesn't mean necessarily that Hezbollah is going to start launching operations in the Shaba Farms again, though one can't rule out the possibility, but it makes life easier for them if they know they are operating from a friendly environment," the journalist said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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