Lebanon’s Hezbollah has said the partition of Iraq and Syria was a possible outcome of sectarian fighting across the region.
It sees no prospect of any end to the war in Syria until after November’s U.S. Presidential election.
Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy leader of the Iran-backed group, whose forces are fighting alongside President Bashar Al-Assad against rebels supported by western and regional powers, said Hezbollah, Iran and Russia would stand by Assad until the end.
He said recapturing Aleppo, Syria’s second major city where a decisive battle is unfolding, remained an objective but was not an immediate goal.
The U.S. and its allies say that by waging war against his own people, Assad can have no future in Syria, while Russia and Iran, wholly opposed to regime change, maintain he is the legitimate president, albeit of a state shrunk by rebel gains.