Hezbollah Leader: Israel, Not Islamic State, ‘Source of All Terror in Region’ (VIDEO)
Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, in a speech televised Tuesday night, declared that the Jewish state, and not ISIS or other al-Qaeda offshoots, “…is the source of all terrorism in the region. The state of Israel is the one who receives help and support from the United States,” according to Israel’s NRG News.
Nasrallah, whose forces are allied with Syrian President Bashar Assad, questioned the legitimacy of US-led airstrikes within Syria, and in Iraq, in the speech, which aired on the group’s mouthpiece, al-Manar television.
“We are against an international coalition, whether it is against the regime … or whether it is against ISIS,” Nasrallah said, calling the waves of attacks against dozens of targets in northeastern Syria on Monday “…an opportunity, a pretext, for America to dominate the region again.”
Pentagon Spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby, in a statement on Monday night, said, “US army and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles,” in the multiple strikes.
“We are against Lebanon taking part in a U.S.-led coalition,” Nasrallah said. “The U.S. isn’t qualified to lead an anti-terrorism coalition,” he said, according to Lebanon’s Daily Star.
However, despite Nasrallah’s stance on the latest conflict, and, while the United States considers Hezbollah a terrorist group, the two may be indirectly working together to keep ISIS fighters in Syria out of Lebanon, Israel’s NRG News reported Monday.
A week after Hezbollah fighters repulsed ISIS forces in Arsal, in northern Lebanon, near the Syrian border, the US is reportedly sending weapons to the Lebanese army, in order to strengthen its abilities against ISIS.
The American aid intended for Syria’s western neighbor, is based on the assumption that Hezbollah and the Lebanese army are collaborating, so it’s not unlikely that the US weapons are reaching the Shiite group, according to the report.
The US government says some 50 states are behind the strikes, with Jordan and several Gulf states taking an active part in the operation.
Nasrallah also addressed the fighting between ISIS and al-Nusra Front groups, who are still holding at least 20 Lebanese Army soldiers after five days of fighting in the Arsal area, bordering Syria, in August.
Calling getting back the troops as “the ultimate goal,” he said, “The issue is the responsibility of the Lebanese government, and it has the sole responsibility for the matter.”
Watch Defense Department videos of several strikes on ISIS targets in Syria:
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