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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 October 2018

Hizbollah is fighting ISIL in Iraq, Nasrallah reveals

The Lebanese group is already fighting in Syria alongside president Bashsar Al Assad's forces.
Supporters raise their hands and shout slogans as Hizbollah's leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah addresses them via a video link in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon on February 16, 2015. Hussein Malla/AP Photo
Supporters raise their hands and shout slogans as Hizbollah's leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah addresses them via a video link in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon on February 16, 2015. Hussein Malla/AP Photo

BEIRUT // Hizbollah is fighting ISIL in Iraq, the group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah revealed for the first time on Monday in a speech broadcast to supporters in southern Beirut.

“We may not have spoken about Iraq before, but we have a limited presence because of the sensitive phase that Iraq is going through,” Mr Nasrallah said in reference to ongoing clashes between Iraqi troops, several militias and Kurdish forces against ISIL.

Hizbollah is already fighting in Syria, alongside president Bashar Al Assad’s forces.

Mr Nasrallah’s speech comes two days after his leading Lebanese opponent, Saad Hariri, called on Hizbollah to withdraw from Syria.

“I say to those who call on us to withdraw from Syria, let’s go together to Syria,” he said.

* Agence France-Presse