Saturday, August 17, 2013

Nasrallah Warns of Hezbollah Intervention in Syria


Things are just going swimmingly well over there.

Here's news on the bombing, at LAT, "Car bomb in Beirut kills at least 18 in Hezbollah stronghold," and NYT, "Deadly Blast Rocks a Hezbollah Stronghold in Lebanon."

And here's the warning, at LAT, "Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah vows to avenge attacks against followers":

BEIRUT — The leader of Hezbollah on Friday vowed that its fighters would retaliate against “terrorists” who have detonated car bombs and launched other attacks against neighborhoods and individuals allied with the Lebanese Islamist group.

“To the killers: Our hands will reach you,” Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s general secretary, said in a speech carried via satellite link to thousands of supporters in a village in south Lebanon near the Israeli border.

It appeared to be first time that the leader of the political, paramilitary and social service group  had vowed to avenge the recent spate of attacks targeting Hezbollah sympathizers. Nasrallah also said Lebanese authorities were investigating the cases and that some suspects had been identified.

In his animated address, the Hezbollah leader also said that if needed Hezbollah, which the United States has labeled a terrorist organization, would double the number of militiamen it has sent to Syria to fight on the side of the government of President Bashar Assad.

“If we have a thousand fighters in Syria, they will become 2,000, and if we have 5,000 fighters in Syria, they will become 10,000," Nasrallah declared, drawing loud cheers from the crowd watching him on a giant screen. “And if the battle with those terrorists requires it, I and all of Hezbollah will go to Syria.”