Hezbollah has received a formal request from the Damascus government to keep its forces in Syria for an extended period, even after the end of the upcoming operations in the northern and northwestern parts of the country, the al-Akhbar newspaper reported on August 25.
According to the Lebanese newspaper, Hezbollah began taking measures to organize its military presence in Syria on the long term. The new tasks of Lebanese group will reportedly include supporting the reconciliation process, facilitating the return of refugees from Lebanon and securing the Syrian-Lebanese border.
The U.S. and Israel have increased their pressure on the Damascus government over the military presence of Hezbollah and Iran in Syria since the beginning of this year. Recently, the U.S. administration went as far as linking its support for the reconstruction of the war-torn country with the withdrawal of Hezbollah and Iranian forces.
If confirmed, Damascus’ request will be another blow to the U.S.-Israeli policy, which has failed to achieve any of its goals so far.