Syria war video game launched in Lebanon

By Middle East Affairs

A new video game launched Wednesday in Lebanon glorifies the country’s armed Shiite group for its battles in the Syrian civil war, AFP reports.

The game, titled “Sacred Defense – Protecting the Homeland and Holy Sites,” follows the character Ahmed as a first-person shooter, meant to be a spinoff of the popular game “Call of Duty,” according to the news agency.

The game begins with Ahmed in plain clothes visiting one of the holiest sites of Shiite Islam, the Sayyeda Zeinab shrine, AFP reports, when it comes under attack. He then appears in military uniform next to a poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and proceeds to fight battles against the Islamic State jihadist group.

Hezbollah is backed by Iran and began to fight alongside the Syrian government in 2013.

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