Though the primary focus of the Syrian Civil War is on battles between regime and rebels, but the Syrian rebels have also taken to claiming hostages, particularly among Shi’ite pilgrims from nations on good terms with President Bashar Assad.
Lebanon lost 11 Shi’ite pilgrims, which the rebels immediately branded Hezbollah militants, while Iran has lost 48 pilgrims of its own. The reactions in different nations are varied, as they try to avoid summary executions by the rebels and hope the secure the release of their citizens.
Iran has been extremely active in trying to secure the release of their citizens, pressing Turkey and Qatar, two of the nations loudly backing the rebels, to try to get the civilians freed. Turkey has promised to help, but expressed anger at the situation.
Hezbollah, whose political party rules Lebanon and which is its largest Shi’ite bloc, has been conspicuously silent on their own kidnappings, with Hassan Nasrallah making non-specific pleas for calm but not making public any efforts to secure the release of the captives.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Cluster Bomb Attack Against East Syrian Village Kills at Least 30 Civilians - June 28th, 2017
- Russia: Trump and Putin Probably Should Talk During Hamburg Summit - June 28th, 2017
- US Special Forces Deployed to Kurdish City on Turkish Border - June 28th, 2017
- ISIS Looks to Expand Presence in Northern Afghanistan - June 28th, 2017
- South Korea Leader Reverses Stance, Now Backs Trump Against North Korea - June 28th, 2017