The Syrian conflict’s fallout in Lebanon – and Hezbollah’s role in the quagmire

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The Syrian civil war affects Lebanon in a myriad of ways, and ever since the outbreak of the conflict in 2011, the security situation in parts of the country deteriorated decisively . The Lebanese state was challenged the most in two hotspots: Tripoli, the second largest city, where radical groups took over parts of town for a few months, and the northern Bekaa Valley on the border to Syria, where ISIS and similar groups held out for more than three years.

In summer 2017, Hezbollah took a strong position against these Syrian militias in Lebanon and launched a large scale offensive to regain state monopoly in the border region. The article argues that this takeover and execution of state functions is seen very controversial in Lebanon and abroad, especially because Hezbollah is heavily dependent on its protector Iran.

The full version of this article is available in German.

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David Fussi

David Fussi

David is a student of political science and oriental studies at the University of Vienna. His research focuses on the Middle East and Northern Africa. He is especially interested in the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Libya and also the role of religious actors in the region. David travelled to the Middle East several times and speaks Arabic.

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