Hezbollah commanders tell The Daily Beast weaponry is being provided as part of Russia’s military operations in Syria in support of President Assad’s government.
Russia is providing major supplies of arms to the Lebanese-based Hezbollah group in the course of military support that both the Russians and Hezbollah are providing the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Daily Beast reported.
The arms include precision ground-to-ground missiles, the Daily Beast said, citing accounts it had received from Hezbollah field commanders.
In a report based on conversations with Hezbollah commanders in Beirut in late December and early January, Daily Beast Beirut correspondent Jesse Rosenfeld said he was told the cooperation and mutual dependence between the Russians and Hezbollah in Syria was growing and that the Russian equipment that Hezbollah has been receiving includes laser-guided rockets and anti-tank missiles “with no strings attached.”
“We are strategic allies in the Middle East right now—the Russians are our allies and give us weapons,” Rosenfeld quoted one commander, who identified himself as Commander Bakr as saying. The aerial assaults that the Russians have been carrying out in Syria have changed the course of the ground war, “where Hezbollah, supported by Iran, has taken the lead,” Rosenfeld reported, citing Bakr.
Full article: Report: Russia Is Providing Major Weapons Supplies to Hezbollah (Haaretz)