The leader of Hezbollah said that Assad's use of chemical weapons was a huge mistake. Seems as though there is no doubt in his mind.<quoted text>
The influential pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC urged U.S. lawmakers to approve a resolution authorizing strikes to punish Assad. "This is a critical moment when America must also send a forceful message of resolve to Iran and Hezbollah - both of whom have provided direct and extensive military support to Assad," AIPAC said in a statement.
Former Syrian defense minister Gen Ali Habib has broken with Assad and has defected to Turkey. Habib was also an important member of Assad's Alawite sect.