During a televised speech on 3 January, marking the anniversary of the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the two men went to war with terrorists that the US had created, in order to protect Iraq from US attempts to devastate the country.
“Iran was the first country to stand by the Iraqi people. Shouldn’t there be a difference between the US and Iran?” the Secretary General of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah asked during his speech.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah then described how “ignoring the presence of US troops in Iraq is the new ‘assassination’ of Soleimani and Al-Muhandis, and that the US “must leave the region.”
Nasrallah spoke about Washington’s creation of ISIS and how the US facilitated the return of ISIS to Iraq. He also called on the Iraqi government to clarify its position on the US.
“The consequences of the assassination of Soleimani and Al-Muhandis by the US continues. The US is the one who assassinated the martyrs Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and this issue does not need to be investigated.”
“Wherever the US American killer was present, martyr Soleimani was there. Martyr Soleimani was there and he was victorious,” he added.
The Hezbollah chief highlighted how the ideology of ISIS originated in Saudi Arabia through the Wahhabis, and that the kingdom sent suicide bombers and car bombs to Iraq.
“Bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, is the one who acknowledged that Americans asked him to think of expanding Wahhabism … Saudi Arabia sent its youth to kill the Iraqi people, while Iran sent its youth to defend the Iraqi people. Who is a friend and brother today?” Nasrallah asked.
The Hezbollah chief also spoke of how Washington turned the Al-Tanf base in Syria’s Homs governorate into a “nest for ISIS.”
“The Yemeni war is a US war waged by Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia is an American stooge,” he said.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also addressed the king of Saudi Arabia, saying: “We are not invading the territory of others and we are not attacking Saudi Arabia, but this country has launched a full-scale war against the region.”
The Lebanese resistance leader lamented the kingdom’s aggressive behavior against other Arab countries in the region, saying:
“The terrorist is the one who sent thousands of Takfiri Saudis to Iraq and Syria. The terrorist is the one who has taken thousands of Lebanese hostages in order to threaten Lebanon every day. The terrorist is the one who has been waging an existential war against Yemen for the past seven years, besieging the country and killing the innocent.”