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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Hezbollah and the M113 APCs: A Long History!

Hezbollah Watch
Hezbollah Watch
By Hezbollah Watch

Ever since Hezbollah revealed its formation of M113 armored personnel carriers (APCs) in Qusayr, Syria, there has been plenty of speculation as to their source.

Hezbollah showed off its M113 APCs during a military parade that took place on Sunday, November 13, 2016.

Where did Hezbollah obtain the aging, American-made APCs?!

Did the U.S.-backed Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) willingly give them to Hezbollah?!

Iranian M113 APC
An Iranian M113 APC
Did Iran provide them to its Lebanese client?! Iran obtained M113 APCs from the United States during the late Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi's rule of the country.

Did the defunct South Lebanon Army (SLA; a.k.a. Lahd's Army) leave them behind in the aftermath of the Israeli withdrawal in 2000?! The SLA received a substantial number of M113s from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Actually, Hezbollah's experience with the M113 goes back to the early days of the Lebanon-based Khomeinist organization.

Throughout 1980s, during the Lebanese Civil War, Hezbollah clashed repeatedly with the then-Christian-dominated Lebanese Army as well as the Lebanese Forces (LF) Christian militia, both of which heavily relied on the M113 APCs.

Lebanese Forces militia M113 armor
Lebanese Forces militia M113 armor

The Lebanese Army always obtained its M113s from the United States. But some of the LF's M113s originated from the LAF while others were received from Israel.

Hezbollah may have seized some of its M113s from the LAF and/or the LF. Or even from the Amal Movement, which in turn had captured them from the IDF, the LF and the LAF!

However, Hezbollah most certainly did capture M113s from the SLA during the 1980s. This claim is supported by footage recorded and published by Hezbollah.

WATCH Hezbollah capture a M113 APC from
the Israeli-backed SLA in South Lebanon

In the above embedded video, made circa 1989, first-generation Hezbollah commandos are seen storming an IDF-supported SLA-occupied old fort located on a hilltop in central South Lebanon (in the vicinity of Jibchit). The attackers successfully enter the outpost, killing seven defenders.

The Hezbollah militants not only destroyed an Israeli-provided tank, but also captured a M113 APC!

Bingo! This is how Hezbollah obtained M113s. The American-made APCs are war booty.

Amal Movement fighters capture a M113 APC from the IDF,
circa June 1982, during confrontations in Khalde

Indeed, the familiarity of Hezbollah with the M113 is self-evident in the footage. While under fire by an circling Israeli helicopter, the attackers had no problem with starting the captured APC and leaving in it.

Also, notice in the video that the Hezbollah fighters were invoking "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greater) and calling upon the hidden Twelfth Imam, Al-Mahdi, to reach them: "Ya Mahdi, adrikni!"

Hezbollah places a Ya Husayn banner on a  Sunni mosque in Qusayr, Syria
Hezbollah places a Ya Husayn banner on a
Sunni mosque in Qusayr, Syria!
Contrast this with Hezbollah's war cry in Syria: "Ya Husayn!"

Hezbollah is certainly fighting the Syrian war with intra-Muslim sectarian slogans as a major theme. Indeed, those confronting Hezbollah are Sunni Muslims and Wahhabis. Demonizing them requires connecting them to the murder of the Third Infallible Imam.

On the other hand, the Shiite-Muslims do not blame the Jews nor the Christians for the killing of Al-Imam Al-Husayn. Thus, it makes no sense to invoke "Ya Husayn" upon the IDF or the SLA. Hence, "Ya Mahdi!," the End-times savior who will reappear and bring all nations to Islam in the aftermath of war that consumes two-thirds of humanity (i.e., what we think of as a nuclear-fought World War Three), is the appropriate choice!

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