Middle East Hezbollah lowers fighting age as it takes on Islamic State

The traditional enemy of Hezbollah has been Israel. But the Shiite group is now also defending the Syrian regime and Lebanon's borders from the Sunni Islamic State, stretching its resources.

By , Correspondent

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Lebanon’s militant Shiite Hezbollah organization has begun sending fighters as young as 16 to the battlefields of Syria, an indication that the Shiite army is being stretched between fighting Sunni jihadis in Syria and a desire to keep a cutting edge in reserve for a possible future showdown with Israel.