Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah has said that the growing calls for the expulsion of US forces from the region since the assassination of Iran’s popular commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and his companions, are only one of the repercussions of this cowardly act of terror.
“One of the main outcomes of the assassination of General Soleimani and al-Muhandis are the calls made for the expulsion of US forces from the region,” Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah said Sunday in a speech delivered live from Beirut on the first anniversary of the assassination, which was authorized by US President Donald Trump.
“Such calls had not been made prior to the assassination. The martyrdom of the resistance leaders set US troops on the track of leaving Iraq,” the Hezbollah leader added.
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was accompanying General Soleimani on the night of their martyrdom in Baghdad.
The Hezbollah leader continued by saying that General Soleimani was “a hero and an international icon of sacrifice, loyalty and defence of the oppressed.”
Nasrallah then addressed the United States, the Israeli regime and all those conspiring against the resistance front, saying, “When you assassinate our leaders, we will get more determined and strong-minded to assert our rights.”
“Those thinking of weakening us through killings, wars and car bomb attacks are delusional. The US believed it could weaken Iran and the Axis of Resistance by assassinating Qassem Soleimani, but we are the ones who know how to turn threats into opportunities.”
Tensions are high in the region, he added, and there are major concerns among Persian Gulf states.
“The Tel Aviv regime is on high alert for possible Iranian retaliation on the anniversary of the assassination.”
“The Resistance front will always be respecting and glorifying its martyrs. Iran will take military revenge by itself. It has strength and capability as well as the power to defend itself and does not need any proxies. The friends of Iran will take their own decisions if they want to respond to this crime,” Nasrallah stressed.
The Hezbollah leader blamed Washington and the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) for the creation of the takfiri terrorist group Daesh (ISIS), stating that their main reason was to fight against the Resistance front.
He also criticized certain Lebanese media outlets for distorting the latest remarks by Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Aerospace Division of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), saying, “Lebanon and the Gaza Strip are naturally at the frontlines of the Muslim world, due to their geographical proximity to the Zionist entity.”
The Hezbollah General Secretary said that Iran’s support for the Resistance movement and Palestinian groups has been unconditional, and the Islamic Republic has never stopped backing Lebanon, even during the 1980-1988 invasion by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
Nasrallah dismissed Slovenia’s recent decision to designate Hezbollah a ‘terrorist’ organization, terming such moves as “part of a psychological war aimed at frightening ordinary Lebanese people in the resistance movement.”
“We have Allah by our side. Whatever you do is doomed to failure, because those who depend on Allah will emerge victorious. Victory can only come from Allah.”
Source: Tasnim News Agency