Usman is a Sunni Muslim. He also fights alongside Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
“Lebanon is my country ... I am patriotic. I wanted to join the resistance and Hezbollah came by and they offered the ideology of resistance,” Usman, whose whole family is Sunni and supports Hezbollah
Saraya al-Muqawama (Resistance Brigades), a nondenominational military wing of Hezbollah made for Lebanese fighters whose religion -- or lack thereof -- makes it impossible for them to join the so-called Party of God
Sunni Muslims are not the only ones to join up: Christians and nonpracticing Shiites who subscribe to Hezbollah’s brand of violent resistance can also join the nondenominational brigade.
In Syria, Saraya fighters are not fighting on the front lines, but constitute small units whose roles are primarily logistical and symbolic; aligning with different sects allows Hezbollah to enter Sunni and Christian areas without risking religiously motivated clashes.
is there for us to make sure [ the other sects in Syria] are with us and not against us,” a high-ranking Hezbollah official
Sunnis, Christians and other sects in Saraya are trained in the same camps as Shia Muslims.
Recruits are treated as equals in military training, but the brigades receive different ideological training.
Saraya focuses on explaining to recruits that their enemies are “the Zionists and now the takfiri
In the last year, Ramadan said, the number of Sunni recruits has been increasing “because we see the barbarians [Islamic State] across the border. It’s easier to fight the enemy at his house than when he reaches your home.”
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