While Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorists are busy in Syria, fighting for Iran and Assad, Lebanese Army soldiers are going the other way, according to Lebanon’s Daily Star.
Lebanon is concerned with what may be turning into a trend after three Lebanese Army soldiers defected this week and joined ISIS and the Syrian rebels, ostensibly to fight Assad and Hezbollah.
ISIS released a video about the defections which received a lot of publicity.
All three soldiers are Sunnis, and Sunnis make up 50% of the Lebanese army.
There is a lot of sectarian friction in Lebanon. Hezbollah, which is part of the Lebanese government, has been preventing the appointment of a new Maronite president for the country.
Breaking down allegiances, 40% of Lebanon is Christian, 54% are Muslims, evenly split between Shiite and Sunnis. The rest are mostly Druze.
To help make the picture a little more clear:
Hezbollah are Shiites.
ISIS is Sunni.
Saudi Arabians are mostly Sunni.
Hamas are Sunnis.
Iran is mostly Shiite.
Assad’s Syria is Allawite. The rest of Syria is mostly Sunni.
In the new Middle East, it seems the traditional religious lines are invisible when it comes to who is fighting whom.