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The Saudi-led organization announces the decision amid a failure of Suni militant groups in Syria.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has classified Lebanese movement Hezbollah as a “terrorist” organisation, citing “hostile actions” by the armed wing of the group.

On Mar.2, GCC Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani said that 6 GCC members states made the move because “the [Hezbollah] militia recruited young people [of the Gulf] for terrorist acts”.

The Saudi-led GCC comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Hezbollah, a Shia political organisation located mainly in Lebanon. In Syria, its armed wing is fighting alongside the government of President Bashar al-Assad against Sunni militant groups [ISIS, Al Nusra etc].

Hezbollah is backed by Saudi Arabia’s regional rival Iran, with whom relations have worsened this year. Saudi Arabia and Iran are on opposing sides in conflicts in Syria and Yemen.
The GCC decision was made amid Saudi Arabia’s political and military failure in Syria where Saudi-backed militant groups were pushed to peace or recogized “terrorists” according to the US & Russia promoted ceasefire.

The Syrian Army troops alongside Hezbollah fighters drove the militant groups back from their main supply line near the border with Turkey and imposed full control over the highway.

The Syrian army men and Hezbollah ultimately cut off the terrorist groups' main supply route from the Turkish city of Gaziantep, marking the first time in nearly 3 years that they have had a presence along the Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway that stretches through the Aleppo province's Northern countryside.
With the recent capture of Ratyan and Mayer in Northern Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces have finally reached the Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway near the contested villages of Bayanoun, Kafr Naya, and Hayyan after an intense battle with the terrorists of al-Nusra Front, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Jeish Al-Mujahiddeen, Harakat Nouriddeen al-Zinki, and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.

The Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway was the primary roadway for the militants to transfer supplies and reinforcements to the provincial capital of Aleppo province; its obstruction forces the opposition to rely on seasonal roads from the Idlib province that are easy targets for the Russian and Syrian Air Forces.
Also on Saturday, the Syrian army troops and their popular allies continued to target the militant groups' positions along one of the supply routes of the terrorists in the Northern part of Aleppo and pushed them back form the battlefield following hours of intense battle.

The Syrian army troops, Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF) and several Iraqi paramilitary units imposed full control over Bashkoy-Ratyan Road after seizing the important Soap Factory from al-Nusra Front and Jeish al-Mujahiddeen.

The capture of Bashkoy-Ratyan Road has allowed the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies to advance against the militants in Hayyan.FNA

In a May 25, 2013 speech, Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah’s explains why the Lebanese resistance organization is backing the Syrian government.

1. Takfiris (Muslims who accuse other Muslims of apostasy) dominate the ranks of the rebels. If they prevail, “the future of Syria and Lebanon and the region will be a very difficult and dark one.”

2. “Syria is no longer an arena for popular revolution against a political system, but an arena for the imposition of a political project led by America and the West and its regional tools.”

3. “Syria is the backbone of the resistance (to Israel) and a support for the resistance and the resistance cannot sit idly by while its back is being broken. …If Syria falls into the hands of America, Israel, the takfiris, and all of America’s tools in the region, the resistance will find itself under siege, and Israel will invade Lebanon, in order to impose its terms on the Lebanese people, and in order to revive its aspirations and schemes.
Then, Lebanon would return to yet another Israeli era. If Syria falls then Palestine is lost and the resistance in Palestine is lost, Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem will be lost.”