Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012
BEIRUT (AFP)--Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah and Iran will fight alongside the Syrian regime if it is attacked by foreign forces, a pro-Damascus Palestinian militant leader said Tuesday.
In the event of "a foreign attack, we discussed with our brothers [in the Syrian regime], with [Hezbollah chief] Hassan Nasrallah and our brothers in Iran, we will be part of this battle," said Ahmed Jibril of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.
In an interview with Beirut-based Mayadeen television, Jibril said that if a "Turkish-European alliance or NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization) escalate...we will take to the streets and fight on behalf of all those with honor and our Syrian brothers."
Jibril also cited Nasrallah as saying Hezbollah would fight on behalf of the Syrian regime, and described the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah alliance as "one axis" that the PFLP-GC is part of.
He added that he met recently with Mr. Nasrallah, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, without specifying when.
He also noted that the Hezbollah chief "said he would join this battle, in the event of a foreign attack" on Syria.
The PFLP-GC is a radical Palestinian faction that is based in Damascus.
(END) Dow Jones Newswires