Lebanese Minister for the Displaced Issam Sharaf El-Din said in an April 27, 2023 show on MTV (Lebanon) that former U.S. President Barack Obama had caused the civil war in Syria and Sunni-Shiite strife. He said that America currently controls 20% of northeastern Syria because this is where Syria's oil and wheat resources are. He also said that Hizbullah only entered Syria in order to stop ISIS, which he said was created by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Issam Sharaf El-Din: "The decision to [start[ a war in Syria and to cause a civil war there was made by Obama. [Former U.S. ambassador to Lebanon] Feltman said this with his own mouth: 'We paid $500 million to cause Sunni-Shiite strife.'
Interviewer: "I don't want to go into a political debate."
Sharaf El-Din: "My colleague already did. I did not hear him say anything about the illegal U.S. presence – the occupation – in northeast Syria, spanning roughly 20% of Syrian territory. That's where the oil is and the wheat crops that feed Syria."
Interviewer: "Answer his question."
Sharaf El-Din: "What was it about?"
Interviewer: "He talked about the role played by Hizbullah in [Syria]."
Sharaf El-Din: "Hizbullah's role there was a preventive response to block the spread of ISIS, which was created by Clinton, as she herself admitted. Clinton admitted with her own mouth that ISIS was American-made."