Nasrallah: Hezbollah will stay in Syria as long as necessary

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The head of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah is flanked by a security guard as he speaks during a massive commemoration of the Shia holiday Ashura in southern Beirut on November 14, 2013. (Photo: AFP)

Published Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday his group, which has been fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria's civil war, would stay in Syria for as long as necessary.

"We have said on several occasions that the presence of our soldiers on Syrian soil is to defend... Syria, which supports the resistance" against Israel, Nasrallah told a crowd of tens of thousands of Lebanese Shias marking the religious ceremony of Ashura in southern Beirut.

"As long as the reasons (to fight in Syria) remain, our presence there will remain," Nasrallah said, in a rare public appearance.

"Our fighters are present on Syrian soil...to confront all the dangers it faces from the international, regional and takfiri attack on this country and region," Nasrallah said, referring to the foreign Islamist rebels fighting in Syria.

"Those who speak of our withdrawal from Syria as a condition to form a government in Lebanon know that it is an impossible condition," said Nasrallah.

"We won't negotiate on the existence of Syria (in exchange for) a handful of ministries."

Lebanon has been without a government for seven months due to political divisions over the two and a half year Syrian conflict. Parliamentary elections planned for June were postponed indefinitely.

Hezbollah fighters led the battle to recapture the Syrian border town of Qusayr earlier this year and activists say they have also been fighting alongside Assad's forces south of the capital Damascus and in the northern city of Aleppo.

(Reuters, AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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Sukharan from all decent Muslims.
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We thank you for standing with our Syrians. It is shameful that OIC =Oh I see has left the innocent people of Syria in the hands of hague's brutal barbaric hannibal lecters.

We have experienced these criminal first hand and know how insanely evil they are

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