Hezbollah: US Embassy "anti-Assad spy nest"

Published Sunday, March 11, 2012

A leading Hezbollah official said on Sunday that the US Embassy in Lebanon was being used by anti-Assad forces.

Nabil Qaouq, deputy head of the party's executive committee, described the US Embassy in Awkar, north of the capital Beirut, as an anti-Assad spy-nest and a launching pad of anti-regime military operations, the National News Agency reported.

“The American ambassador to Lebanon is working on raising sedition and incitement. What is even worse is that U.S. officers at the embassy are running smuggling operations and arming [groups] against Syria,” Qaouk said during a ceremony in the town of Babliyeh in the southern coastal city of Sidon.

The senior Hezbollah figure told supporters that the anti-Assad conspirators had failed in their attempts to overthrow the Syrian regime from outside.

Foreign powers were beginning to abandon their aims of intervention, he added.

Hezbollah supports the Syrian government's claims that those calling for the fall of the Assad regime are "terrorists" backed by Western powers and Gulf monarchies.

Qaouq also dismissed speculation that Lebanon could become embroiled in the Syria crisis.

There have been increasing concerns that the conflict would seep over the border into Lebanon, with clashes in recent months in Tripoli between pro and anti-Assad groups.

Qaouq praised the Lebanese government's stance of "disassociation" with regard to the crisis in Syria and added that he was confident Lebanon would remain peaceful.

Al-Akhbar, NNA

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