FSA Promises Hizbullah 'Severe Retaliation' over 'Interference in Syrian Affairs'

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The rebel Free Syrian Army on Wednesday warned Hizbullah of a “severe and earthshaking retaliation,” after the Syrian opposition said Tuesday that a Hizbullah commander and several fighters were killed inside Syria.

“We promise the Hizbullah members who are deployed in Syria that they will face a severe and earthshaking retaliation over their interference in the Syrian affairs and aiding the regime of President Bashar Assad to kill the Syrian people,” the Joint Command of the Free Syrian Army in Syria said in a statement.

In the statement, the FSA also promised Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah "surprises that will deprive him of sleep."

"We announce to the great Syrian people the news of the death of the criminal Mohammed Hussein al-Hajj Nassif 'Shamas', aka Abou Abbas, the organizational leader of the operations of the terrorist Hizbullah militia in the Syrian interior,” added the statement.

“The criminal Abou Abbas was killed in the city of Qusayr in the countryside of the city of Homs, while several companions were wounded after they were lured into an ambush,” the statement went on to say.

The rebels vowed that they “will not have mercy on anyone who directly or indirectly contributes to the killing or oppression of our revolutionary, steadfast people, whether they belong to Assad's gangs and Shabiha or to Iran's militias – the Revolutionary Guard, Hizbullah, the Mahdi Army and others.”

“We call on our Lebanese brothers – who belong to a certain religious community and who have strayed and believed the lies of the devil, Khamenei's agent in Lebanon – to return to the path of right before it's too late and not to let your siblings become the fuel of a war you are not part of,” the FSA added.

“Do not deprive yourselves of the lung you are breathing through and of your only land route in the region,” the FSA went on to say, addressing Hizbullah's supporters.

A Hizbullah commander and several fighters have been killed inside Syria, a Lebanese security official told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Hizbullah has stood by Syrian President Bashar Assad since the uprising began 18 months ago, even after the group supported revolts in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Bahrain. The group says it is backing the Syrian regime because of its support for the anti-Israel resistance movements in Lebanon and Palestine and because it is willing to implement political reforms.

Assad's fall would be a dire scenario for Hizbullah. Any new regime led by Syria's majority Sunni Muslims would likely be far less friendly — or even outright hostile — to Shiite Muslim Hizbullah. Iran remains the group's most important patron, but Syria is a crucial supply route. Without it, Hizbullah will struggle to get money and weapons as easily.

The Syrian uprising has left Assad deeply isolated — making his remaining allies such as Iran and Russia all the more important. At last week's gathering of world leaders at the United Nations, dozens of nations excoriated the Assad regime for its role in a conflict that activists estimate has killed at least 30,000 Syrians.

It was not immediately clear how the alleged Hizbullah militants were killed or whether they had been fighting alongside the Syrian army. But Hizbullah's newspaper al-Intiqad said Hizbullah commander Ali Hussein Nassif, who is also known as Abu Abbas, was killed "while performing his jihadi duties." It did not say when or where he was killed.

A Lebanese security official told AP Nassif was killed in Syria and his body was returned to Lebanon through the Masnaa border crossing on Sunday. Speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media, the official said the bodies of several other Hizbullah fighters have been brought back to Lebanon in recent days.

Hizbullah spokesman Ibrahim al-Moussawi on Tuesday confirmed the deaths of the Hizbullah members but said he had no further information on where or how Nassif was killed. He declined further comment.

The Syrian opposition has long accused the group of helping the Syrian leadership crack down on the uprising — a claim the group has repeatedly denied.

Nassif's funeral, which was held in the eastern town of Budai, near Baalbek, was attended by top Hizbullah officials including the head of the Sharia council and the political bureau, an indication of Nassif's high prestige, according to AP.

On Tuesday, Hizbullah's al-Manar TV showed the funerals of at least two other Hizbullah members it said were killed while performing their "jihadi duty." Both funerals were attended by Hizbullah officials and commanders.

The coffins of the dead were draped with Hizbullah's yellow flags and carried by militants in black uniforms and red berets. Hundreds of people marched in the funeral.

Samer al-Homsi, an activist in Syria's central Homs province, which borders Lebanon, said Nassif was killed Saturday when a roadside bomb went off as the car he was in passed just outside the town of Qusayr. He said Nassif and several other people were killed in the blast.

"His job was to coordinate with Syrian security agencies," al-Homsi told AP via Skype.

He added that the rebels detonated the bomb "without knowing" that the target was a Hizbullah official. "We knew he was a Hizbullah official after it was announced by the group in Lebanon," he said. Al-Homsi's account could not be independently verified.

Comments 26
Default-user-icon the gaurdian (Guest) 03 October 2012, 20:39

It just shows the nature of this group, they’re driven by religion dictatorship and hate.
Doesn’t anyone in Lebanon ask questions why this people are coming back in body bags!!!!!!
How hey or where they died!!!!!!
And where is that call aoun and what are his excuses to this????
It’s truly ali baba country tfehh alaincon.

Default-user-icon Jimmy (Guest) 03 October 2012, 20:41

Stargate you are amazing, you supporting a merciless genocide speaks volumes of who you really are....This arrogance of Hizibollah id driving them full speed off the cliff. Is killing Syrian people is part of Hizib Holy war? part of resistance? part of Aoun agreement? it is a shame how arrogant hizib is getting , they think they are invincible, they think they govern Leb and threaten whole region....in reality, when Syrian regime falls ina year or so, they will be a hated entity by all non Shi3a Lebanese, surrounded by countries that hate them and with next war coming to south who is going to rebuild your house? drug money is no more, and Pure money from Iran is worthless every day,

Default-user-icon Chris (Guest) 03 October 2012, 20:44

The Syrian People promise the FSA terrorists along with their Saudi & Qatari terrorist counterparts on the ground the response will have you wishing you went to hell instead of Syria to fight the Syrian Government.

Missing samiam 03 October 2012, 20:46

I am waiting for Nasrallah or Raad to spin this one--"we weren't interfering, we were observing" or some crap like that.

Missing mohammad_ca 03 October 2012, 20:53

You do not think it is a big deal that a top leader from hizbocrap was killed in Syria? Who got crushed? The FSA is still alive and well my friend...if the Lebanese are too scared to teach hizbocrap a lesson the FSA will do it for us!

Missing mohammad_ca 04 October 2012, 18:02

You tell me MOOwaten weren't you at the funeral?

Thumb bigsami 03 October 2012, 21:30

“We call on our Lebanese brothers – who belong to a certain religious community and who have strayed and believed the lies of the devil, Khamenei's agent in Lebanon – to return to the path of right before it's too late and not to let your siblings become the fuel of a war you are not part of,” the FSA added.

Got to love it!

Missing youssefhaddad 03 October 2012, 21:36

The sacrificing of the Lebanese who were drafted to serve the Iranian Regime continues. Only the Shias of lebanon could stop Hezbollah from ruining their future and from making them hated and rejected by their surroundings.

Thumb lebanon_first 03 October 2012, 21:48

MESSAGE TO THE CHIITES OF LEBANON. Hezbollah's military arm is leading you to oblivion. It is in a state of war with israel. It will soon be in a state of war with liberated Syria. While all you (chiites) want is to live in peace. Pressure your leaders HA or otherwize to integrate the lebanese system. Chiite business owners, Chiite community leaders, chiite cheikhs, chiite NGOs, chiite academics RISE... Pressure Hezbollah to give up its weapons and to integrate the lebanese mosaic as an equal member. Now is the time to do it with your head up high.

Missing phillipo 04 October 2012, 12:37

Just for your information, only countries can be in a state of war with each other, so by your saying that Hizaballah is in a state of war with Israel, means that you recognise Hizaballahland as an independent state.

Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 03 October 2012, 22:22

i understand the FSA to respond and deal with hizballah and hizb members only,but i will not understand harming any lebanese becose he is chiite.

Missing maroon40 03 October 2012, 22:22

These guys were on vacation in Homs.

Missing maroon40 03 October 2012, 22:22

These guys were on vacation in Homs.

Thumb libnani 03 October 2012, 22:27

Some people are downplaying this, i don't know why. This is very serious. Hezbollah has brought Lebanon into this directly. Let's just hope it is only Lebanese Hezbollah institutions that the FSA targets.

Thank you Hezbolla

Missing gabby5 03 October 2012, 22:52

Go FSA.....find the big rat hole and put poison in it. The more Hizbcocaine blood spilled the better. Give it to them good.

Default-user-icon John1o1 (Guest) 03 October 2012, 23:38

Where is my popcorn? Fkhar yikaser baadon

Default-user-icon Ben Dou (Guest) 03 October 2012, 23:49

It is fun to read what all fools above are writing, still the same rhetoric was on before May 2008 and woooups, all of them ran home to mama to hide:) Cool down milk heads, history will judge, and after we can discuss facts:)

Default-user-icon RealLebanese (Guest) 04 October 2012, 00:47

As much as Hizballah has to disarm and integrate into Lebanese society, we Lebanese should not be pleased with a statement like this. We don't want or need anyone to interfere in our country any more, whether it be Israel of the FSA

Missing realist 04 October 2012, 01:22

it is idiots like you who will bring death and destruction upon lebanon. Did you ever think...ever that there will be a revolution in Syria? last summer idiots like you used to say Damascus and Aleppo were out of touch.. just imagine a summer from now where things would be? Time is not on the regime's side idiot and with idiots like you the war will be in lebanon in 2014. I hope you wake up from your slumber, we do not need extremists to destroy what is left of lebanese fabric.

Missing realist 04 October 2012, 01:26

karim, propaganda aside, what is the interest of che3as in lebanon to be in direct confrontation with millions of Syrians?? what would potentialy happen to the che3as who work in saudi, uae, qatar, etc.?? you gotta understand that at the end of the day the che3as ma ilun ila the arabs because they are arabs. Iran, who hates arabs just like the jews do, will only lead to the destruction of the arab che3as just like hitler did to the germans. Think with your brain, your masla7a and your history!

Default-user-icon Umpappa Kalathoum (Guest) 04 October 2012, 02:04

No worries, FSA. Dr. Never Wonathing is up to the task. He doesn't even need the warriors of cheikh Saad who, as we all remember (even though some tend to lie to themselves and their mix of clueless and retarded followers), fiercely fought the Syrian occupation.

Default-user-icon Tonus (Guest) 04 October 2012, 06:58

Wake up guys!! HA is the party of GOD you are only human!! you cant fight supernatural HA fighters

Default-user-icon hezbolah lies (Guest) 04 October 2012, 09:28

hypocrisy: the rage against individuals of the 7 billion population for insulting the prophet vs no concern for insulting the God of the Bible with their own lies, hate, murder, unrighteousness...

Default-user-icon Abou Abbas (Guest) 04 October 2012, 13:18

The FSA is milking a dead cow! Finish the Syrian shabiha and regime forces off first and then try hizbollah. I mean if Israel failed why would its proxy succeed?

Default-user-icon Mick (Guest) 04 October 2012, 14:58

Great article! When the Lebanese gov. say they are practicing a policy of dissociation, it makes me laugh and cry at the same time. Laugh because obviously, they are lying through there rotten teeth. And to cry, because Hezbollah snipers are actually killing and helping to exterminate innocent men, women and children in Syria on the orders of Iran. You will never witness a more cunning and devious terrorist group such as this. A Hezbollah MP had the audacity to come out today and state that there are no fighters in Syria and the deaths occurred in unknown areas and that others died during an explosion in a training camp in the Bekaa. 19 months and they have been involved all along. The explosion that occurred in the Bekaa was staged by them to draw public sympathy and to divert attention from the critical headlines it has been copping in the media of its bloody participation in Syria and after one of its senior terrorist killed there.

Missing realist 04 October 2012, 18:20

Mr. Racist mowaten, hizbala taba3ak used to make many tactical retreats back in the day including 2006 when israel did enter lebanon, who won at the end?? It is guerilla warfare, and i remember months ago when u were dancing like a monkey thinking that the rebellion was over when bab amr was invaded, the way you think is exactly how the nazis, zionists and all them idiot occupiers think. You too are a racist genocider who wish death tomthe sunis , these are ur true colors dark and evil. Dont worry time is notmon ur side and ur bashar will be lucky at the end to make a tactical retreat lol. Also remember that it took years to defeat israel out of lebanon, time is the rebellion's ally and yes with arrogant idiots like you it might come knocking on our doors.