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Takfiri terror propped up by Israel: Hezbollah

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Sheikh Naim Qassem, Hezbollah’s deputy secretary general (photo by AFP)

The Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah says the Israeli regime supports the Takfiri terrorists operating in the Middle East region.

“Takfiri terrorism, which is supported by the Israeli terrorism, is the central crisis in the region,” Sheikh Naim Qassem, who is Hezbollah’s deputy secretary general, said on Thursday.

Israel, which continues to occupy Lebanon’s Shebaa Farms and Syria’s Golan Heights, is widely known for its support for terrorists trying to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

It offers medical help to the Takfiri terrorists who are injured in fighting inside Syria. According to Israel’s Channel 2 television, the number of militants treated by Israeli medical staff since 2011 has reached 2,100.

In December 2015, British newspaper The Daily Mail said Israel had saved the lives of more than 2,000 Takfiri militants since 2013.

In August 2014, Fateh al-Sham Front, formerly known as Nusra Front, and Daesh terrorist groups overran the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal, killing a number of Lebanese forces. They took 30 soldiers hostage, most of whom have been released.

Since then, the army and Hezbollah have been defending Lebanon on the eastern frontier, preventing terrorism in neighboring Syria from spilling over into the country.

Hezbollah fighters have also been assisting Syrian government forces in their fight against Takfiri terrorists. Back in May, Hezbollah said Takfiri terror groups had killed the movement’s top military commander Mustafa Badreddine in Syria.

In his Thursday remarks, Qassem said, “We have determined the risks… and found that we have to count on ourselves [to confront] the two branches of terrorism,” namely Takfiri terrorism and Israeli terrorism.

“We have always said that resistance is the solution,” he said. 

The Hezbollah official also lashed out at the United States for not engaging Daesh “in any real confrontation — despite having the capacity [to do so].”

Since 2014, the US and dozens of its allies have been pounding what they say are Daesh targets in Syria and Lebanon without any evidence on the ground that the Takfiri terror group has been meaningfully dislodged.

Qassem said Takfiris “threaten the Islamic identity, human existence and future generations.”

He said Hezbollah "has been and remains Lebanon’s pillar for stability, and without it, Lebanon would have vanished in the wind of regional crises.”

Hezbollah is credited with driving Israeli troops out of southern Lebanon in the 2006 war. The resistance movement fought another war with Israel in 2000.


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