Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah pledges to resist ISIS

Developing Just Leadership

Crescent International

Ramadan 05, 1435 2014-07-03

Daily News Analysis

by Crescent International

The US-Saudi-zionist backed ISIS terrorists will more than meet their match in Hizbullah, the resistance group whose leader, Sheikh Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has vowed to confront them in Iraq. He said it was not to defend any particular sect but to defend Iraq as a whole. Hizbullah has already successfully confronted and defeated the takfiris in Syria.

Beirut, Crescent-online

Thursday July 3, 2014, 17:51 DST

Hizbullah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has vowed to fight against the terrorist outfit, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). He declared that Hizbullah’s intervention in Syria, supporting the government of Bashar al-Asad is what prevented the takfiri group from destroying Syria.

“If [Hizbullah] hadn’t intervened in Syria the right way and at the right time, ISIS would be in Beirut now,” Seyyed Nasrallah had said in a speech to the Mahdi Scouts last month.

The Hizbullah Secretary General announced that the resistance group would participate in jihad in Iraq in answer to the call of Ayatullah Seyyed Ali Sistani. In his speech, Sheikh Nasrallah said the call to arms made by religious authorities in Najaf was “not intended to protect a particular sect, but to protect Iraq as a whole.”

This signaled Hizbullah’s willingness to engage with Iraq, where millions of people are once more suffering terribly.

He questioned the role of “some Gulf and regional countries” in the violence in Iraq and raised doubts about the US’s position on what is going on there.

“Trust me. The magic will turn against the magician,” he warned. “Gone are the days that allowed the demolition of religious sanctities.”

While the ISIS, armed and funded by the US, Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf monarchies, has succeeded in capturing large swaths of Iraq, it also spurred calls to jihad (by Ayatullah Sistani and others) that have aroused concern among some quarters.

The US administration has signaled that it is willing to enter into talks with Iran over the advance of Islamist insurgents in Iraq but Tehran has ruled out any such cooperation.

Seyyed Nasrallah also signaled the Gulf countries’ (and by implication, Saudi Arabia’s role) in the conflict. He was skeptical about “some Gulf and regional countries” that might have a role in Iraq’s collapse at the hands of ISIS.

“Why don’t we hear those who condemned [Hizbullah’s intervention in Syria] condemn ISIS?” he asked. Underscoring Hizbullah’s fears about ISIS, the Wall Street Journal published a map showing the group’s black flag over Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, and Lebanon.

Some NATO officials estimate that of the 5,000 or so Hizbullah fighters in Syria, 1,000 have been redirected to Iraq. The danger, as has been pointed out, is that Hizbullah might stretch itself too thin in defending Iraq, as it is already over-committed in Syria.

However, the fact that Obama et al are hinting at a diplomatic solution signals that the responses to ISIS’s path of carnage in Iraq has alarmed NATO’s top brass. At the same time, there are serious concerns about US-Nato links with ISIS thugs.

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