Daily Israel Report

Nasrallah: I'm Willing to Go Fight in Syria Myself

Hezbollah chief says that Thursday's car bombing in Beirut will not deter members of his group from fighting in Syria.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 8/16/2013, 8:39 PM

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah
Reuters

A day after a car bomb blast in a Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut killed at least 20 people, the terrorist group’s leader said he was willing to go fight in Syria himself.

Hezbollah terrorists have been fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s troops against rebels.

“I will go myself to Syria if it is so necessary in the battle against the takfiris (radical Sunni Muslims), Hezbollah and I will go to Syria” to fight rebels trying to oust the Damascus regime, Hassan Nasrallah declared in a speech broadcast on television in Lebanon.

While Lebanese president Michel Sleiman was quick to blame Israel for Thursday’s attack, Nasrallah admitted that Israel had not been behind it.

"Up to this point, it has been shown, according to available information, that [the people behind the recent car bombing in Beirut] belong to a certain Takfiri movement and their operators are known,” Nasrallah said, according to the Lebanese Daily Star.

"Some of them are Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians, unfortunately,” he added.

A previously unknown Sunni Islamist group took credit for the car bombing in an online video showing three masked men, two of them holding rifles.

"You, the pig Hassan Nasrallah, we send you our second powerful message because you haven't understood yet," said one member of the group, which called itself the Company of Aisha Umm al-Muminin, the Prophet Mohammed's favorite wife.

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