It is today a clear fact that Hezbollah fighters took part in Syria Qusayr, Qalamoun mountains, Sayeda Zainab shrine and even as far as Aleppo. The objectives is clear. According to them, it is the defend Lebanon, avoid the fall of the Assad regime, and defend the religious shrines of Syria that are highly important to Shiites.
But what about the religious shrines today in Iraq ? Najaf and Karbala are the town where Imam Ali and Imam Hussein, highly respected and revered by the Shiites, are respectively buried.
The towns are still today relatively far from the fronts of the Islamic state, although today under indirect threat, with Anbar about to fall. The Question is how the Islamic state will continue the war, whether it will attack Baghdad first or Karbala province, only time will say.
Hezbollah is today undoubtedly sending senior commander in Iraq. In August, a commander was killed near Mosul and Hezbollah acknowledged it. It is still unclear if the Party of God is sending fighters to Iraq.
Back in June, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s general secretary, said they would defend Shia shrines in Iraq.
Walid Sukaria, a Lebanese member of parliament for the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc, which is affiliated with Hezbollah said in Al monitor :
“What would Hezbollah do in Iraq? Terrorism [there] does not border Lebanon and the holy sites in Iraq do not need 100 or 200 militants of Hezbollah to protect them. Iraq has a people that can protect its holy sites and has hundreds of thousands of militants to fight terrorism and protect holy sites,”