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July 12, 2019 4:34 pm

Hezbollah Has Reduced Its Forces in Syria, Nasrallah Says

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

A man smokes a hookah as he watches Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah speak on television inside a coffee shop in the port city of Sidon, Lebanon, July 12, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Ali Hashisho.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah has cut down its forces in Syria as fighting died down though it still has fighters all over the country, its leader said on Friday.

“There are no regions in Syria that we have fully emptied out, but there is no need for the numbers to stay the same,” Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview with Hezbollah‘s Al-Manar TV. “We have reduced the forces based on the needs of the current situation.”

The heavily-armed, Iran-backed Shi’ite movement has played a vital role in helping President Bashar al-Assad’s military reclaim much of Syria.

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