Nasrallah Urges Ouster of U.S. Forces from Region over Soleimani Killing

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Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, speaks to the crowd in a rare public appearance during a rally to mark the Muslim holy day of Ashoura, in the Hezbollah stronghold of south Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday Dec. 6, 2011. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah has rarely been seen in public since his Shiite Muslim group battled Israel in a monthlong war in 2006, fearing Israeli assassination. Since then, he has communicated with his followers and gives news conference mostly via satellite link. Ashoura marks the anniversary of the death in the seventh century of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Imam Hussein. His death in a battle outside of the Iraqi city of Karbala sealed Islam's historical Sunni-Shiite split, which still bedevils the Middle East. Ashoura is one of the holiest days of the Muslim Shiite calendar. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

by Naharnet Newsdesk -Nasrallah: Fair Response to Soleimani Killing is Ouster of U.S. Forces from Region

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday said that the response to the assassination of Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani should be nothing short of the ouster of all U.S. forces from the region.

“We are not scared or angry and we see a chance to get rid of hegemony and occupation,” Nasrallah said in a televised address during a rally that Hizbullah held in Beirut’s southern suburbs to commemorate Soleimani, Iraqi paramilitary leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and their companions, who were killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq on Thursday night.

“A fair punishment for the sake of Qassem Soleimani is a fair punishment for the sake of Imad Mughniyeh, Abbas al-Moussawi, Mustafa Badreddine and all the martyrs of this nation,” Nasrallah said, mentioning the names of slain Hizbullah leaders.

“The ignorant Trump and the fools around him do not realize what they have done. Days will tell them,” Nasrallah added.

“When the coffins of U.S. soldiers and officers start returning to the United States, the Trump administration will realize that it has lost the region and the elections,” he said.

“The fair punishment is the removal of U.S. military presence from the region,” Nasrallah noted.

He said the U.S. army “killed these people and it will pay the price.”

“We do not at all mean the American people and citizens across our region,” Nasrallah noted.

He warned that any harm against U.S. civilians anywhere “would serve Trump’s policies.”

“It is up to anyone from the axis of resistance to deliver a fair punishment after Soleimani’s assassination and Iran will not request anything from its allies and friends,” he pointed out.

Noting that if the U.S. forces “get expelled from the region, the liberation of Jerusalem will become attainable,” Hizbullah’s leader added that Israel’s enemies might not need to start a battle to achieve that.

“The Israelis will pack their clothes and leave,” he suggested.

He added: “There is a responsibility on the shoulders of the axis of resistance to retaliate… Qassem Soleimani is not a purely Iranian affair, Qassem Soleimani concerns Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan and every country.”

Addressing Iraqis, Nasrallah said U.S. forces must be expelled and “Iraq must be liberated.”

“The honorable Iraqi resistance fighters will not allow a single American soldier to remain in Iraq” should parliamentary action fail to oblige the U.S.-led forces to leave, Nasrallah suggested.

“We hope the Iraqi parliament will approve a law calling for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq,” Nasrallah said.

Iraq’s parliament approved the bill later in the day.

Separately, Nasrallah revealed that he had met with Soleimani in Lebanon a week prior to the deadly U.S. strike that killed the Iranian commander.

“I warned him that there was talk about him in the U.S. media and told him that that was a precursor to his assassination. He laughed and shrugged off the possibility,” Nasrallah said.

“This was not a separate assassination operation. This is the start of a new U.S. war in the region,” Nasrallah noted.

He also said that “a new era and a new history” started in the region after Soleimani’s assassination.

Separately, he revealed that U.S. envoy David Satterfield had “threatened Lebanese officials” during a recent visit to Lebanon, asking them to “remove resistance installations from the Bekaa and giving them a 15-day deadline.”

“He threatened that Israel would launch strikes” but warnings launched by Hizbullah foiled the scheme, Nasrallah said.

“America failed in Lebanon. All the sanctions, incitement and funds did not achieve anything,” he added.

Timeline
  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: We are not scared or angry and we see a chance to get rid of hegemony and occupation.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: A fair punishment for the sake of Qassem Soleimani is a fair punishment for the sake of Imad Mughniyeh, Abbas al-Moussawi, Mustafa Badreddine and all the martyrs of this nation.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The ignorant Trump and the fools around him do not realize what they have done. Days will tell them.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: If the US forces get expelled from the region, the liberation of Jerusalem will become attainable. We might not need a battle with Israel; the Israelis will pack their clothes and leave.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: When the coffins of US soldiers and officers start returning to the United States, the Trump administration will realize that it has lost the region and the elections.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The blood of martyrs will not go in vain and we will emerge victorious in the end.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: If this type of assassination goes unpunished, the region will be violated by the Americans and the Israelis.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: Any harm against U.S. civilians anywhere would serve Trump’s policies.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The U.S. army killed these people and it will pay the price. We do not at all mean the American people and citizens across our region.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The fair punishment is the removal of U.S. military presence from the region.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: It is up to anyone from the axis of resistance to deliver a fair punishment after Soleimani’s assassination and Iran will not request anything from its allies and friends.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: There is a responsibility on the shoulders of the axis of resistance to retaliate.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: Qassem Soleimani is not a purely Iranian affair, Qassem Soleimani concerns Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan and every country.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: There should be a fair punishment against those who committed the crime.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: U.S. forces must be expelled and Iraq must be liberated.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The honorable Iraqi resistance fighters will not allow the a single American soldier to remain in Iraq.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: We hope the Iraqi parliament will approve a law calling for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The Iraqi response has also started. It started with the joint funerals of the Iranian and Iraqi martyrs in Iraq.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: Trump sought to intimidate and subjugate Iran… but the response has started in Iran, with the statements of the supreme leader and the other Iranian officials.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The confrontation against the crime started from the very first night.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: They hope this assassination will weaken the axis of resistance and the situation in Iraq.

  • 4 hours ago

    Nasrallah: I warned him that there was talk about him in the U.S. media and told him that that was a precursor to his assassination.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: Hajj Qassem Soleimani visited me a week prior to his assassination.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: They sought to target a central figure in the axis of resistance.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: They are seeking to change the equations and weaken the axis of resistance.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: This was not a separate assassination operation. This is the start of a new U.S. war in the region.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: Satterfield threatened Lebanese officials and asked them to remove resistance installations from the Bekaa, giving them a 15-day deadline and threatening Israeli strikes.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: America failed in Lebanon. All the sanctions, incitement and funds did not achieve anything.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: Trump had nothing to offer to the American people at the level of foreign policy.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The situations in our region, the failures and achievements and the latest developments in Iraq as well as the upcoming U.S. elections are the context of Soleimani’s assassination.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: Several attempts to assassinate Hajj Qassem were foiled in the past.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: This is not an ambiguous assassination… This is a blatant and clear crime. Trump ordered the U.S. army to carry out this crime.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The reasons that Trump mentioned for Soleimani’s killing are all lies.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah on Soleimani: His head and hands were cut off like Imam Hussein and Imam Abbas and his body was torn apart.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: A brutal airstrike targeted them and advanced weapons were used.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: Hajj Qassem Soleimani and his companions publicly traveled from Damascus airport to Baghdad airport.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: We do not get defeated… Even when we get martyred we triumph.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah on Soleimani: His “personal project” was martyrdom.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: Hajj Qassem Soleimani achieved his goal on Thursday evening, which is martyrdom.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: A new era has started in the region.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: We also commemorate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and their Iranian and Iraqi companions.

  • 5 hours ago

    Nasrallah: Today we commemorate and honor a great and global Islamic leader, Hajj Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force.

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