As Syrian war rages, al-Qaida and Hezbollah get to work murdering each other
Hours after a car bomb was detonated in a Hezbollah stronghold in a suburb of Beirut Tuesday, an al-Qaida affiliate claimed credit.
The attack, which The Wall Street Journal reports killed four and wounded over 20, was aimed at the Islamist, Iranian-backed militia/political party that has proved a thorn in Israel’s side, has become a powerhouse in Lebanon and, more recently, a useful ally for Iran, helping to turn the tide against other Islamists groups rebelling against dictator Bashir al-Assad in neighboring Syria. Assad is allied with Iran.
“We were able to respond to the massacres committed by Iran’s party [Hezbollah] against the children of Syria and of Arsal [in northeast Lebanon] with a suicide operation that targeted the heart of its southern suburbs,” the Twitter account for al-Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant read, the Daily Star reports. Al-Nusrah is a local affiliate of al-Qaida.
The Long War Journal reports that this is the “fourth major suicide attack and car bombing in Lebanon carried out by al-Qaida-affiliated groups against Iran and Hezbollah since mid-November 2013,” including a Nov. 23 attack on the Iranian embassy that killed 23 people, including Iran’s cultural attache to Lebanon.