Mugniyah and Hezbollah, despite their theological differences with bin Laden, were natural choices.
The Saudis hope the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad will deal a body blow to Iran and Hezbollah.
The Hezbollah official said he was aware of the risks and what an assault on Yabrud may bring to the Bekaa Valley.
And there was no mention of Hezbollah fighters or trainers being present in Iraq.
Hezbollah has not announced that it has sent militiamen and military advisers to Iraq.
Hezbollah seized the opportunity to create a fresh attack on their Future Movement opponents last week.
Last week, Israeli jets hit a convoy containing SA-17 rockets that was reportedly on the way to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Other volunteers, he says, have been brought from Lebanon, where the Iranian regime has strong allies in the Hezbollah movement.
The nation knew that a strike on Syria could trigger retaliation from Assad, Hezbollah, or Iran.
Thanassis Cambanis is the author of A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel.
extremist Shiite group active in Lebanon, founded c.1982, from Persian hezbollah, Arabic hizbullah, literally "Party of God," from hezb/hizb "party" + allah "God." An adherent is a Hezbollahi. The name of various Islamic groups in modern times, the name itself is attested in English by 1960 in referense to an Indonesian guerilla battalion of 1945 that "grew out of a similarly named organization formed by the Japanese to give training in military drill to young Moslems."
In Modjokuto (like Masjumi itself, Hizbullah was Indonesia-wide but, also like Masjumi, it had little effective central organization) this group was led by the present head of Muhammadijah -- the same man who a year or so before was going to Djakarta for propaganda training and studying to be a kamikaze. [Clifford Geertz, "The Religion of Java," Chicago, 1960]