The Hezbollah leader says the victory of the resistance in the year 2000, which saw Israel withdraw its forces from Lebanon, ended the Greater Israel Project. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks during a televised speech to a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the movement. He also hailed Hezbollah’s victory in the 33-Day War against Israel in 2006 as one of its most important achievements. He said the victory ended the US' so-called Greater Middle East Initiative. Nasrallah also highlighted Hezbollah’s vital role in defeating the Daesh terrorist group in Syria. He said the Palestinian cause is part of Lebanon’s religion, culture, and honor and vowed to stand by oppressed nations in the region, including Yemen. Nasrallah also vowed that Hezbollah won’t be dragged into any civil war in Lebanon.
Call for unity in Iraq
Iran’s president has called for unity in neighboring Iraq, urging all political factions in the country to resolve the political issues through dialogue and interaction. Ebrahim Raeisi made the remarks in a phone call with Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. Iraq has been in a political deadlock since last October’s general elections. Rival parties have failed to agree on the formation of a new government, which has led to protests and occupation of parliament. Raeisi also pointed to the Iraqi government's efforts to improve the political situation in the region and stressed the importance of implementing relevant agreements. The Iraqi prime minister, for his part, highlighted Iran's role in the region and across the world. He vowed that Baghdad would continue efforts to improve regional relations and cooperation.
US gun violence
Another episode of gun violence in the United States. This time shootings in the city center of Atlanta leave two dead and a third wounded. Police say they have arrested a female suspect at Atlanta's international airport. The motive for the shootings remains unclear. Police believe the victims weren’t shot at random and were likely targeted. The victims were found at two different places in the city center. Officers were investigating the connection between the two locations. Police say the initial information indicated that the female suspect was responsible for both incidents. The United States sees frequent deadly shootings. An independent data collection organization has documented more than 200 mass shootings so far this year.