- uploaded: Sep 5, 2013
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Lebanon's resistance movement Hezbollah says the United States' plan to launch a military strike on Syria constitutes "organized terrorism." "US aggression against Syria, or the threat of it, is... organized terrorism and threatens the region and its people," Hezbollah said in a statement on Thursday. The statement was read out to the media by MP Hassan Fadlallah from the Hezbollah bloc in Lebanon's Parliament. The resistance movement also warned that any US military intervention in Syria would pose a "threat to regional and international peace and security." Hezbollah stressed that Washington's campaign to launch strikes on Syria was intended to "support Israel and tighten the grip of Western colonialism on the region." "The involvement of the US administration in direct aggression against Syria confirms Hezbollah's conviction that the (Syria) crisis... is part of a strategic plot intended to place the region under foreign control," the statement added. This was the first reaction by Hezbollah to a possible American war that has already provoked opposition worldwide. The rhetoric of war against Syria gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in several suburbs of Damascus. The Syrian government categorically rejected the accusation and said the militants had conducted the attack to draw in foreign military intervention amid the recent advances made the Syrian army against militants operating in the country.