Nasrallah: Takfiris have the choice to either die or retreat

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An takfiri fighter overlooks the desolate surroundings in Syria's Qalamoun region which borders Lebanon. (Photo: Radwan Mortada)

By: Wafiq Qanso

Published Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The takfiris in Syria's Qalamoun region and on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Ersal in Lebanon are “incapable of invading the Bekaa Valley,” said Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Monday, October 20.

“We (Hezbollah) are fully prepared” for any possible scenario, Nasrallah said during the annual meeting of [Islamic] scholars on the eve of the holy month of Muharram.

Nasrallah said the region is in “desperate need” of unity, urging the public “to avoid provocation” and “portray the true and bright image of Islam unlike the one the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its allies represent.”

He also called for “widespread participation” during Ashoura processions, asserting that the security situation “is under control” but if there is a security breach “it does not mean we have failed because even the most advanced countries in the world can not claim to be 100 percent secure.”

Moreover, Nasrallah spoke about his last visit to the Bekaa Valley, saying that he went there for “further reassurance” over the situation on the ground.

Nasrallah said he “walked on foot for several kilometers” during his visit to Hezbollah bases in Bekaa. “I assure you our position is very strong on the ground. Our preparations are very advanced, our strategies are well-planned and we are prepared for any attack,” he said.

Regarding the security breach that took place in Brital and Assal al-Ward earlier this month, he described what happened as a "minor mistake that has been resolved."

Nasrallah said the militants on the outskirts of Ersal and Qalamoun will either die or surrender. "The takfiris are incapable of invading the Bekaa Valley because they are surrounded and trapped,” Nasrallah asserted. “These militants only have two options: either to die from cold or leave in civilian clothing to Lebanon and Syria.”

Nasrallah said “with every passing day, we become more certain that our fighting in Syria is for the protection of Lebanon.”

“The Resistance axis is in a triumphant position today,” Nasrallah said, adding that “when you thwart the enemy's plans you triumph, knowing that it will be a long fight before the final victory.”

Nasrallah sees it as a “golden opportunity to end the takfiri’s project.”

According to Nasrallah, the war in Syria does not aim at toppling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but at redrawing the map of the region, stressing that ISIS serves the interests of the US and Turkey.

In this context, Nasrallah noted that the international coalition’s attacks against ISIS are “hemming in” the group by establishing red lines, near Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Erbil, that are not to be crossed, adding that all the US-led airstrikes on ISIS do not amount to even one day of airstrikes launched by Israel on Lebanon in 2006.

Nasrallah said the US is using ISIS to intimidate and manipulate the countries in the Middle East in order to impose its dominance on the region, especially in Syria and Iraq, adding that Turkey will not join the coalition or provide assistance for Syrian Kurds in Kobane unless it is granted substantial strategic or geographical gains that might include taking full control of Aleppo.

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

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