Nasrallah Says to Avenge Badreddine by 'Dealing Final Blow to Takfiri Groups' in Syria

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Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah stressed Friday that the killing of the group's top military commander, Mustafa Badreddine, will not push Hizbullah to withdraw its fighters from war-torn Syria.

“Until today, the martyrdom of any of our leaders has not pushed us to leave any battlefield and Badreddine's blood will push us to a bigger presence in Syria... We will remain in Syria and more leaders will go into Syria,” said Nasrallah in a televised speech marking one week since Badreddine's death in a blast near Damascus airport.

Hizbullah had said Saturday that Badreddine was killed by “artillery bombardment carried out by takfiri groups.”

“We will continue the battle and we are confident that our efforts, blood and modest contributions, alongside all the other efforts, will lead to defeating the U.S.-Israeli-takfiri-Saudi scheme,” Nasrallah said in his speech.

“They won't be able to control Syria, its leadership or its people and the entire project will fall in Syria and consequently in the entire region,” he added.

“Our big vengeance will be achieved through maintaining and boosting our presence in Syria in order to deal the final blow to the takfiri groups and through preserving and improving the Islamic Resistance... This is our loyalty and this is our responsibility,” Nasrallah vowed.

Commenting on media reports that questioned Hizbullah's statement about Badreddine's death or suggested that he was killed by other parties, Nasrallah added: “Unfortunately, our malicious Israeli enemy was fair towards us but some Arabs were the ones who circulated rumors when they said that Hizbullah did not accuse Israel of killing Mustafa out of cowardice because that would have obliged it to retaliate.”

“Throughout 34 years of conflict with Israel, the enemy admitted that we have never lied about our achievements or retaliation pledges,” he noted.

“The Israelis acknowledged our honesty while some Arabs, who are the biggest liars and hypocrites, did not believe anything we said,” Nasrallah went on to say.

“We did not find any indications that lead to Israel in the probe into our commander's assassination, and although we don't acquit Israel we are also not accusing it,” he added.

He also stressed that Hizbullah “does not launch political accusations,” even against Israel.

“Our history is a proof that when we vow to retaliate we honor our pledges, like we did after the Quneitra attack, and when the evidence points to Israel, we would openly say that Israel is the perpetrator,” Nasrallah underlined.

“We reiterate our warning to Israel that we will retaliate if it targets any of our jihadi fighters, and our response will go beyond the Shebaa Farms,” he warned.

Separately, Nasrallah dismissed media reports suggesting that the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon might ask for DNA samples to confirm Badreddine's death.

“To us, the file of the STL does not exist and we're not concerned with anything it may request,” he said.

The STL had indicted Badreddine with being the head of the alleged Hizbullah squad that perpetrated the 2005 assassination of ex-PM Rafik Hariri. Badreddine and four other Hizbullah operatives are being tried in absentia over the murder.

Badreddine was the highest-ranking Hizbullah militant to be killed since the group joined Syria's conflict four years ago.

The area on the southern edge of the Syrian capital is known to host positions of several militant groups, including al-Qaida's branch in Syria, known as the al-Nusra Front.

Hizbullah and the Syrian army have a heavy presence around the Damascus airport, which includes a military base, and the area comes under regular shelling.

But Rami Abdul Rahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that according to his network of activists in the area, there had been no shelling in the airport area on the day that Badreddine was reportedly killed.

Hizbullah has sent thousands of fighters to Syria to back President Bashar Assad's regime against rebels and jihadists trying to remove him from power.

The 55-year-old Badreddine had directed Hizbullah's operations in Syria since its fighters joined Assad's forces in 2012, the group's biggest-ever military intervention outside of Lebanon. Thousands of guerrillas fighting alongside Syria's military were crucial to tipping battles in the government's favor on multiple fronts, from the suburbs of Damascus to the northern province of Aleppo.

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Timeline
  • 20 May 2016, 19:12

    Nasrallah: Our big vengeance will be achieved through maintaining and boosting our presence in Syria in order to deal the final blow to the takfiri groups and through preserving and improving the Islamic Resistance. This is our loyalty and this is our responsibility.

  • 20 May 2016, 19:09

    Nasrallah: Until today, the martyrdom of any of our leaders has not pushed us to leave any battlefield and Badreddine's blood will push us to a bigger presence in Syria... We will remain in Syria and more leader will go into Syria. We will continue the battle and we are confident that our efforts, blood and modest contributions, alongside all the other efforts, will lead to defeating the U.S.-Israeli-takfiri-Saudi scheme. They won't be able to control Syria, its leadership or its people and the entire project will fall in Syria and consequently in the entire region.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:56

    Nasrallah said Badreddine's death will not push Hizbullah to withdraw from Syria.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:53

    Nasrallah: After its direct failure and the failure of the Israeli army in the region, the U.S. resorted to using the takfiri groups in the fight against the resistance.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:51

    Nasrallah: Saudi remarks about freedoms, constitutions, elections, reforms and the multi-party system are the worst form of hypocrisy.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:49

    Nasrallah: According to all indications and even statements by U.S. Vice President Biden, Saudi Arabia is intervening in Syria through sending arms and money.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:46

    Nasrallah: To us, the file of the STL does not exist and we're not concerned with anything it may request.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:45

    Nasrallah: We reiterate our warning to Israel that we will retaliate if it targets any of our jihadi fighters, and our response will go beyond the Shebaa Farms.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:44

    Nasrallah: Our history is a proof that when we vow to retaliate we honor our pledges, like we did after the Quneitra attack, and when the evidence points to Israel, we would openly say that Israel is the perpetrator.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:41

    Nasrallah: We do not launch political accusations, even against our enemy.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:37

    Nasrallah: We did not find any indications that lead to Israel in the probe into our commander's assassination, and although we don't acquit Israel we are also not accusing it.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:32

    Nasrallah: The Israelis acknowledged our honesty while some Arabs, who are the biggest liars and hypocrites, did not believe anything we said.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:29

    Nasrallah: Throughout 34 years of conflict with Israel, the enemy admitted that we have never lied about our achievements or retaliation pledges.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:26

    Nasrallah: Unfortunately, our malicious Israeli enemy was fair towards us but some Arabs were the ones who circulated rumors when they said that Hizbullah did not accuse Israel of killing Mustafa out of cowardice because that would have obliged it to retaliate.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:18

    Nasrallah: When he strongly insisted on going into Syria, I told him that he is different than the other jihadi leaders and that if he gets martyred in Syria, major controversy would arise from that due to the fact that foreign media has turned him into a controversial figure.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:15

    Nasrallah: Our martyr confronted the terrorist networks in Lebanon and contributed to their dismantling.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:12

    Nasrallah: During the first phase of the Syria intervention, he was overseeing the operations from Lebanon because I prevented him from going to Syria. But due to his insistence, he went later into Syria to oversee the operations. Our resistance had the honor of contributing to the achievements of the Syrian army and all the allies, topped by preventing the fall of Syria into the hands of the takfiris and their American masters and the spies in the region.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:07

    Nasrallah: When Hizbullah decided to enter Syria, our martyr was tasked with overseeing Hizbullah's security and military units in the Syrian territories.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:06

    Nasrallah: Badreddine played a key role alongside Imad Mughniyeh in the Ansariya ambush and in the 2006 war against Israel before assuming several responsibilities including the dismantling of Israeli spy networks.

  • 20 May 2016, 18:01

    Nasrallah: The martyr occupied the top military post in Hizbullah from 1995 till 1999.

  • 20 May 2016, 17:57

    Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in a televised speech marking one week since the death of Hizbullah military commander Mustafa Badreddine: The first part of my speech will address the martyr's personality, the second will be about the martyrdom incident and the third will be about the post-martyrdom stance.

Comments 8
Thumb eagledawn 20 May 2016, 18:08

The day this iranian sectarian terrorist is brutally murdered is the day we celebrate our independence. I hope this will be his last speech.

Thumb ashtah 20 May 2016, 18:28

A dead terrorist is being glorified by another terrorist on his way to to the grave.

Thumb skeletor 20 May 2016, 18:35

Hajj Mustafa is finally resting in the VIP lounge with all his wives and girlfriends. I interviewed him extensively after my plastic surgeon spent hours on reconstructing him. The poor fella came in hardly recognizable.

Thumb marcus 20 May 2016, 18:43

Yes we believe you! One single shell fired from rebel positions stationed 15 kms away from this terrorists hideout landed straight on his head and decapitated him. You always tell the truth.

Thumb marcus 20 May 2016, 18:45

lol

Thumb barrymore 20 May 2016, 22:16

“We will continue the battle and we are confident that our efforts, blood and modest contributions, alongside all the other efforts, will lead to defeating the U.S.-Israeli-takfiri-Saudi scheme,” Nasrallah said in his speech.

U.S.-Israeli-takfiri-Saudi scheme.... LOL

Thumb barrymore 20 May 2016, 22:19

he is seriously sick

Default-user-icon mustapha o. ghalayini (Guest) 21 May 2016, 05:26

shou ya coordinator??????????????