Hassan Nasrallah: Battle Against Daesh (ISIS) Begins
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June 17, 2015 "Information
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In his last speech, the Secretary General of Hezbollah evoked the
latest developments of the war opposing Hezbollah and the Syrian
Arab Army to the takfiri terrorists along the Lebanese-Syrian
border, where the successes of the Resistance continues despite the
After defeating the Al Nosra Front, Hezbollah fighters repelled a
surprise attack from the "Islamic State" and now announce their
determination to eliminate any terrorist presence along their
border. Sayed Hassan Nasrallah says that the enemy will be routed,
and that victory is inevitable.
What I wish to talk about in the few minutes left to me regards
the latest developments, namely the situation in the Qalamoun and
the jurd of Ersal. Of course, in recent days, major victories have
occurred in the Qalamoun, and especially with the victories achieved
this morning, I can now say that the high peaks and lofty mountains
(some say the dominating mountains) have all fallen under the
control of the Syrian Arab Army and the Mujahideen of the Resistance
(Hezbollah). [Public: “Salutations be upon the Prophet (saas)
and his family.”] They now have the required control – via
firepower, sufficient to militarily dominate the rest of jurds of
this region. In the jurd of Ersal, during these last days, this
great progress was achieved, and a total and humiliating defeat was
inflicted on the Al-Nusra Front [affiliated with Al Qaeda].
Now there is some people in Lebanon trying to help the Al-Nusra
Front psychologically, morally, in terms of media, they support
them, but it’s too late, their defeat is clear and things will
continue to move in this direction.
The major development is the beginning of the battle and
confrontation against Daesh (Islamic State). And it’s no problem
that they were the ones who opened the fight. For in our case (maybe
some people give this value from a military perspective), for
psychological, moral and religious reasons, a group that attacks us
first and is the aggressor is for us preferable to it being we who
started the aggression. Religious scholars, especially the clerics
and those who follow the law and cultural issues are aware of it.
In any case, yesterday, they attacked with hundreds of fighters
and a large number of military vehicles several bases of our
brothers in the Jurd Ras Baalbeck along the Lebanese-Syrian border.
That is to say, they did not attack the vicinity of Ersal and
Qalamoun where the front is open. Perhaps they assumed that this
quiet front was asleep, and that they could take advantage of the
surprise factor and negligence (of Hezbollah) and get a great moral
victory and occupy our positions, take control and therefore control
strategic and very sensitive points on the border between Lebanon
and Syria, especially the towns of Ras Baalbeck and Qaa. Similarly,
they hoped to expand in the region and reunite certain areas under
Yesterday’s attack had several objectives, whether on the
psychological, moral, media, or military level, as well as the
reality and presence on the ground. The brothers of the Resistance
have faced up with courage and heroism, they killed dozens of armed
fighters (it’s not my responsibility to give the exact figures, let
the media talk of it), dozens of Daesh fighters fell, were killed
and wounded, a number of their vehicles were destroyed, and they
fled humiliated and defeated, abandoning many of their dead on the
Naturally, the resistance (Hezbollah), which fights in the most
violent battles, saw a number of its Mujahideen fall as martyrs with
honour in this battle we have won, and we ask God, Glorified and
Exalted, to accept them and grant their families patience and solace
and make for their families and for us honour, pride and glory in
this world and in the hereafter.
Here is what I want to say about it: the battle against Daesh in
Qalamoun has started, as well as in the Eastern (mountain) range, on
the border between Lebanon and Syria. They are the ones who attacked
us and initiated the battle, and there is no problem with that, but
we will continue this battle. We have the absolute determination to
end this evil terrorist takfiri presence at our border, whatever
should be the price and sacrifice. As for us, this is an irrevocable
Whatever the violence of the battles, the extent of the
sacrifices, propaganda and the collusion of the media, the pressures
here and there, all the statements, what I am saying is not new, but
as confirmation for each day, and with every martyr who was elevated
to the Kingdom of God, Glorified and Exalted be He, we confirm our
determination, our determination, our firm and decisive will not to
tolerate after that day the presence of any terrorist or takfiri at
our borders, in our mountains or in the smallest part of our
villages. And I guarantee you, I guarantee with certainty that they
will suffer a crushing defeat. They will be vanquished and defeated.
It is only a matter of time. And as I have said on more than one
occasion, we’re in no hurry. We act with the composure necessary to
achieve this goal and purpose.
When one of us (or some of us) have the will, determination and
resolution, and the ability, faith and trust, as well as such heroic
mujahedeen (Hezbollah fighters), so with certitude, we shall not
consider but the inevitable horizon of the next victory.
Congratulations and greetings, and peace and mercy of God be upon
you and His blessings.
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