Hezbollah braces for new war


Hezbollah said it is rearming in preparation for a possible new
confrontation with Israel this year.

“We are prepared for the possibility of
another adventure or the demand of American policy that might push the IDF in that direction,” Sheik Naim Qasim, deputy chief
of the Lebanese militia, told Britain’s Guardian newspaper in an interview
published Wednesday.

The daily quoted him as saying that Hezbollah,
which is sponsored by Iran and Syria, has been rearming since its 34-day war
last summer with the Israel Defense Forces. Qasim further accused the Bush administration of
waging a “covert war” against Hezbollah by supporting its more moderate
Lebanese rivals.

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