Lebanon’s Hezbollah has declared itself more than a guerilla movement after images emerged showing it staging a military parade in Syria, where it is fighting to bolster the regime.

The images shared widely on social media provoked controversy in Lebanon, where the Shiite movement is a divisive force, as well as concern from Washington, which deems Hezbollah a “terrorist” group.

“We now have a trained army and the Resistance (Hezbollah) does not need to rely on guerilla tactics,” the daily Al-Safir on Wednesday quoted Hezbollah’s second-in-command Sheikh Naim Qassem as saying.

Hezbollah’s media department disputed that quote, insisting Qassem had actually said: “We have become more than a guerilla movement but less than an army.” […]