Nasrallah boasts pride for sending anti-tank missiles to Gaza Strip
HO (AL-MANAR TV/AFP)
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Monday that the group has been sending anti-tank missiles to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, asserting his group sees this as an acomplishment to be proud of, in a televised statement.
While Nasrallah denied Hezbollah transferred arms to Yemen, Bahrain and Kuwait, the Islamist leader said he was proud to have sent "Kornet" missiles to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, referring to missiles used to target tanks.
"Additionally, in Syria, we are using our weaponry," Nasrallah said.
During the televised address on Monday evening, Nasrallah said the Lebanese movement had deployed "large numbers of our commanders and cadres" to Iraq to fight IS.
"We consider that the mission has been accomplished, but we are waiting for the final, Iraqi announcement of victory," he said.
Once that official declaration came, Hezbollah would reassess its presence in Iraq and may pull its members out.
"If we find that it's over, that there is no need for the presence of these brothers, they will return to be deployed in any other arena that needs them," Nasrallah said.
Hezbollah mostly deployed experienced commanders as advisers and trainers to work alongside the Hashed al-Shaabi, a paramilitary umbrella dominated by local Shiite militia groups also loyal to Tehran.
Iraqi forces on November 17 announced they had retaken Rawa, the last town to have been held by the Islamic State group in Iraq, capping three years of anti-jihadist military operations.
The latest efforts against IS have been spearheaded by Iraqi special forces and other regular troops but the Hashed, which counts tens of thousands of fighters, has been a key component of the bruising campaign.
While IS no longer controls any urban hub in Iraq, its surviving fighters have regrouped in remote desert areas along the border with Syria and mopping up operations remain to be completed.
Earlier on Monday, Lebanese president Michel Aoun asserted that Lebanon would not shy away from the next conflict with Israel.
“Lebanon was able to face the Israeli aggression since 1978 until the 2006 war. It was able to liberate its land. Israeli threats are still ongoing; the Lebanese have the right to fight and thwart it with all available means,” Aoun said.
Aoun's comments come just hours after Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit said Lebanon should be "spared" from spiralling regional tensions, during a visit to Beirut a day after Arab diplomats blasted the Lebanese Hezbollah movement.
"Arab countries understand and take into account the situation in Lebanon and want to spare it... from any dispute," Abul Gheit said after landing in Beirut, in comments carried by Lebanon's National News Agency.
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if Israel is forced into another way in Lebanon, lol Britt and your infrastructure goodbye.... and hopefully day hello to 1000s of dead hezbollah terrorists that are a part of the Lebanese govt.