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Hezbollah Leader Says Militants Will Continue Fighting in Syria

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters during a religious procession to mark Ashura in Beirut's suburbs, Nov. 14, 2013.
Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters during a religious procession to mark Ashura in Beirut's suburbs, Nov. 14, 2013.
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The leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has pledged to keep his fighters in Syria as long as necessary.

In a rare public appearance Thursday, Hassan Nasrallah told thousands of Shi'ites in southern Beirut that Hezbollah is helping to defend neighboring Syria as rebels try to oust President Bashar al-Assad. 

"As long as the reasons are there, our presence will remain there," he said. "The problem in Lebanon as always, they turn results into a reason and they ignore the reasons. They speak about our retreat, I need to be precise and clear, and whoever speaks about the retreat of Hezbollah from Syria as a precondition for the formation of a Lebanese government is putting forward a precondition that is destructive."

The proclamation comes as violence continues to plague Syria.

Syrian state-run media said at least one person was killed and several more injured after multiple explosions near a market in Damascus Thursday.

Also Thursday, President Assad spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  A statement from the Kremlin said Mr. Putin praised Syria's progress on eliminating its chemical weapons while discussing the prospects for a new round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva.

Hezbollah fighters have openly fought in Syria since earlier this year, playing a role in recapturing a town along the Lebanese border and in fighting rebels around Damascus.

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by: Maithe from: Paris, France
November 14, 2013 6:49 PM
Sure ! With the help of Iran of course...
What a mess !


by: S. Lyons from: UK
November 14, 2013 3:12 PM
this is a summons to war. The richest countries in the world - Saudi Arabia, Qatar. Kuwait, Bahrain... Dubai... trying to buy the Americans to unleash their fearsome dog Israel on their biggest enemy... Iran. they have so much money - they bought all the most cutting edge weapons in the whole world... in a single afternoon... why can't the Arabs confront Iran by themselves...?

I hope the Americans will not unleash Israel and will let Iran consume and slaughter these filthy Arab countries.


by: Serandin deMarco from: Spain
November 14, 2013 1:50 PM
hey Obama... do you now realize the disaster your stupidity has wrought...??? you betrayed Egypt... Hezbullah and Iran are revolutionizing the middle East... they are not going to agree to your stooge Kerry's gestures of appeasement... Iranian terrorism controls Lebanon... Iraq... Syria... and they are soon going to subvert and slaughter Saudi Arabia and the Arab Emirates... why wont you just go back to community organizing in Chicago..??

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by: Boris K. from: Russia
November 14, 2013 3:00 PM
hey Sardina, if i remember correctly your country was the first to cower in craven disgusting submission in the face of Islamic terrorism. Now you begin to wake up?? why don't you organize more idiotic parades against the US/Israel..?? do us a favor... if you want respect - first assert some control over your own territory... "Gibraltar"...!!! and don't mess in Middle east affairs... leave it for the countries that really count.


by: Anonymous
November 14, 2013 11:56 AM
If Hezbolah expects to go in and fight against innocent Syrians freedom, the West and Israel should send them a stronger message than they have ever receieved. They should go right into Lebanon and take out the source of the Hezbolah terrorist organization. Hassan Nasrallah should be held accountable and a warrant should be out for his arrest if it isn't already.

Assad can not find fighters to help him because nobody wants to help a criminal. Noone in Syria wants to destroy Syria under Assads orders. However Assad would take any foreign mercenaries he can get, and Hezbolah will murder any Syrians, so this is why Assad has Hezbolah helping him.

The biggest terrorist in Syria is Bashar al Assad and the world should go after him, as well as any Hezbolah leader that wants to stick his nose in there.

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