In this image from amateur video obtained by a group which calls itself Ugarit News, shows rebel fighters celebrating after purportedly capturing an army base in Nairab, northwestern Syria, Thursday, May 23, 2013. The video is consistent with independent AP reporting. Rebel fighters captured an army base late Wednesday, a rare victory after a series of battlefield setbacks, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition group said. The group said scores of pro-regime troops and more than a dozen rebels were killed in the battle for the base, near the northwestern town of Nairab. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah says his Shiite militant group will not stand idly by while its chief ally Syria is under attack.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah says Hezbollah members are fighting in Syria against Islamic extremists who pose a danger to Lebanon.
Nasrallah's comments Saturday marked the first time he has publically confirmed his men were fighting in Syria.
They are also his first since Hezbollah fighters have become deeply involved in the battle for of the central Syrian town of Qusair.
He said tens of thousands of Islamic extremists from all over the world have been sent to Syria to fight the regime, but Hezbollah sends "a few" fighters and it is accused of intervening in the conflict.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's Cyclorama and Civil War Museum are offering free admission to military personnel and their family members.
Spokeswoman for Mayor Kasim Reed Sonji Jacobs says the museum will offer free admission for veterans and their relatives between Memorial Day and Labor Day through a collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense.
The museum is one of more than 1,800 in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa participating in the partnership.
Director of Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs Camille Russell-Love says the partnership is a small token of gratitude toward veterans and their relatives.