Hizbollah recently pushed the Al Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir Al Sham, commonly known as Jabhat Fatah Al Sham but since rebranded, out of Lebanon’s border region with Syria, near the town of Arsal. This led to criticism from the United States and Europe, where officials felt it was the Lebanese army’s role, not Hizbollah’s, to conduct such an operation.
Michael Young is opinion editor of The Daily Star. He tweets @BeirutCalling.
At the heart of any resolution to the conflict in Syria, many believe, is a political transition away from Bashar Al Assad. As desirable as that would be, given the Syrian regime’s many crimes, one should not have many expectations that it would change very much in Syria.