Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that the attacks on Iraqi bases just the start
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The leader of the Lebanese group Hezbollah said Iran’s missile attacks on two Iraqi bases housing US troops was just the beginning of actions that would be taken in response to the US’s killing of a top Iranian general in a drone attack.
In a 90-minute speech on Sunday, Hassan Nasrallah called the attacks a “slap” to Washington, describing the attack as the “first step down a long path” that would ensure the withdrawal of US troops from the Middle East.
“The Americans must remove their bases, soldiers, officers and ships from our region. They should leave,” he said. No one died in the attacks which mainly appeared to have been a show of force.
“The alternative … to leave vertically is leaving horizontally,” Nasrallah said, apparently suggesting US troops would exit the Middle East in coffins if they did not go voluntarily.
The Hezbollah leader also called on Iran’s allies to begin working to take action for the killing of Qassem Soleimani, the head of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force.
“We are speaking about the start of a phase, about a new battle, about a new era in the region,” he said.
Hezbollah is closely aligned to Iran and the IRGC provides training for Hezbollah combatants who fought in Syria.