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Qusair Victory Could Prove Fateful for Hezbollah's Future

The events that unfolded in the three-week battle for Qusair will prove fateful for the future role of Hezbollah in the Syrian, as well as regional, conflict.
Civilians hold up pictures of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and of his father, Syria's late president Hafez al-Assad (R), as they celebrate in Qusair June 6, 2013,  a day after the Syrian army took control of the town from rebel fighters. Syrian troops and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters pushed toward villages near Qusair on Thursday, a day after driving rebels from the border town shattered in weeks of combat. Insurgents seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were putting up a fierce fight a

Syrian areas loyal to President Bashar al-Assad were quiet and calm on the evening of Wednesday, June 5, the same as they have been on any other evening for the past 27 months that this violent war that plagues the country has gone on.

But, in contrast, Beirut’s southern suburb, the main stronghold of Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah, was the scene of unusual occurrences: streets filled with car convoys and thousands of jubilant young men firing their weapons in the air, as sweets were distributed to passersby on the roads. The occasion for this celebration? The fall of the Syrian city of Qusair!

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