Many Lebanese see Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s support for Assad against an insurgency dominated by Syria’s Sunni majority as a miscalculation that will drag Lebanon into the Syrian quagmire, exacerbate fighting in Lebanon itself and deepen Sunni-Shi’ite sectarian rifts in the region.

Asharq Alawsat quoted a source in the organization as saying that Hezbollah was facing the dilemma of being unable to withdraw its forces because they had become integral to Assad’s defense, but also facing growing criticism in Lebanon and the Arab world for their support of the Syrian regime.

The paper quoted Hezbollah sources as saying the group must send a delegation to its patron Iran to clarify that it can no longer bear the burden of supporting the Syrian regime alone and that Iran must increase the participation of its own operatives in the war.