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Syria Attacks Lebanon
Now into its third year is the Syrian Civil War, 70,000 dead, over two million refugees in Turkey and Jordan. President Assad defies everyone to hold on until death, while the rebels consisting of two entities-those who want freedom and democracy and the Islamists, who want a new Islamist state with ties to al-Qaeda.
Fear of this war in spreading have finally come to pass. On March 18th, Syria MiG aircraft bombed suspected al-Nusra Islamist men and camps hiding inside Lebanon within a few miles of the Syrian border. Assad hates the terrorists disguised as freedom fighters as much as most Western countries, He is convinced that once he goes, the war continues between the Free Syrian Army and the Islamists.
Syrian jets bombed the town of Arsal, where many of the Sunni Muslim inhabitants support the Syrian rebellion, and the outskirts of the towns of Khirbet Younin and Wadi al-Khayl in Arsal’s barren mountains. Assad had given the Lebanese army two days to mobilize and to destroy the al-Nusra fighters. They did nothing. Assad promises to widen his air attacks into Lebanon if the Lebanese army does nothing about this growing problem. This whole thing is odd because Syria has been part of Lebanon for over 20 years. Now, they face a rebel force hiding out in Lebanon.
Worse, Assad has noted that he is not afraid of attacking into Jordan. The arrival of the U.S. president should prove to be interesting. Interesting to see what Assad will do, interesting to see what Hezbollah does in Lebanon, interesting to see what al-Nusra does along the Golan Heights. The whole area could ignite while Obama is there. Missiles could fly. The war might spread outside of Syria even more.
It seems Obama is like a lightening rod for the Middle East.