Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in televised speech to followers
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in a televised speech to followers
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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in a televised speech to followers

Hezbollah says payback for U.S. strike has just begun

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has provided training for Hezbollah, which fought in the war in Syria alongside Iran-backed militias that Soleimani directed

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Published: 01.12.20 , 21:09
The leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said Sunday that Iran’s missile attacks on two bases in Iraq housing U.S. forces were only the start of the retaliation for America’s killing a top Iranian general in a drone strike.
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  • Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah described Iran’s ballistic missile response as a “slap” to Washington, one that sent a message. The limited strikes caused no casualties and appeared to be mainly a show of force.
    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in televised speech to followersHezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in televised speech to followers
    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in a televised speech to followers
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    The Hezbollah leader, which is closely aligned with Iran, said the strikes were the “first step down a long path” that will ensure U.S. troops withdraw from the region.
    “The Americans must remove their bases, soldiers and officers and ships from our region. The alternative ... to leaving vertically is leaving horizontally. This is a decisive and firm decision,” Nasrallah said. “We are speaking about the start of a phase, about a new battle, about a new era in the region."
    His eleventh-hour televised speech marked one week since the killing of Iran’s Gen. Qassim Soleimani.
    Nasrallah praised Soleimani for his steadfast support for Hezbollah.
    Hezbollah supporters mourn slain Iranian general SoleimaniHezbollah supporters mourn slain Iranian general Soleimani
    Hezbollah supporters mourn slain Iranian general Qassem Soleimani
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    Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps has provided training for Hezbollah, which fought in the war in Syria alongside Iran-backed militias that Soleimani directed.
    Nasrallah said that the world is a different place after Soleimani’s death, and not a safer place as some U.S. officials have declared.
    Iran had for days been promising to respond forcefully to Soleimani’s killing, but after the ballistic missile strikes, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that the country had “concluded proportionate measures in self-defense.”
    Nasrallah also praised Iran’s leadership for admitting to accidentally shooting down a Ukranian passenger plane on the night it launched the missile attacks. He called the acknowledgment “transparency that is unparalleled in the world.”
    The plane crash early Wednesday killed all 176 passengers and crew members on board, mostly Iranians and Iranian-Canadians. Iran had initially pointed to a technical failure and insisted the armed forces were not to blame.
    First published: 21:09 , 01.12.20
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