Hezbollah fighters ready for extended presence in Syria

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah says his group is ready to engage on a wider scale across Syria in support of regime leader Bashar Al Assad

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Hezbollah’s grand leader Hassan Nasrallah has announced explicitly for the first time that the group’s fighters are inside Syria and are all ready for further engagement across Syria in support of regime leader Bashar Al Assad.

Nasrallah delivered a public speech in southern Lebanon on Wednesday in front of thousands of supporters of his Iranian backed Shiite militia.

In the speech he said Hezbollah’s role in the Syrian war is part of a broader strategy aimed at preventing  groups such as ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front from controlling the region.

He warned that the world is facing "a threat unprecedented in history" and that the fight in Syria is “existential,” in nature.

The speech was publicly televised from an undisclosed location to thousands of Hezbollah supporters via video link on the fifteenth anniversary of the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon.

"We are located in many places today, and are able to diffuse everywhere in Syria," Nasrallah said.

The Shiite cleric also criticised as ineffective the air strikes by the US-led coalition against ISIS. He said that in spite of the air strikes, ISIS is still moving its tanks and weaponry "from Iraq to Syria and from Syria to Iraq under the eye of the United States."

TRTWorld and agencies