Nightly News   |  May 25, 2013

Hezbollah wants to bring victory to Assad

Syria saw one of the deadliest days of fighting in its civil war Saturday. Meanwhile, the leader of the powerful Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said his fighters would wage an all-out battle to save President Bashar Assad. NBC's Richard Engel reports.

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>>> to syria now and one of the deadliest days of fighting and an ominous call today from the leader of a powerful lebanese group hezbollah . he said his fighters would wage an all out battle to save syria 's president assad . richard engel is in istanbul with our report tonight.

>> good evening. the war in syria could soon get more violent and efforts to end it more difficult. today, the lebanese group hezbollah effectively declared war on the syrian opposition. hezbollah is big, well armed and not prone to issuing idle threats. today, hezbollah leader said his group will not allow president assad to fall. and that it is in the syrian war quote to the end of the road . hezbollah has already been fighting in syria in secret, but today for the first time, hezbollah admitted it is sending in fighters and committed itself to a much deeper involvement. hezbollah is a shiite group and backed president assad , who is also a shiite. the rebels said today it will defeat are mostly sunnis. washington is pushing for a diplomatic solution. lester?