The leader of the Hizbullah Lebanese Shiite group, Hasan Nasralá, said Sunday that the “just punishment” for the death of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimaní this Friday in Baghdad for a Washington attack is the expulsion of US troops from the Middle East region .
“The response to the blood of Soleimaní and Al Mohandes should be the expulsion of US forces from the region,” said the cleric also referring to Abu Mahdi al Mohandes, vice president of the Iraqi militia group Crowd Popular, who perished along with the Commander of the Quds Force of the Guardians of the Iranian Revolution.
In a speech addressed to his followers and broadcast on a large screen in the southern neighborhoods of Beirut, a fief of the powerful group in Lebanon, Nasralá said that “the US Army is the one that killed Soleimaní and Al Mohandes, and will pay the price. “
“I want to be very clear, we do not mean American citizens. There are many Americans in our region. We do not want to attack them, it is not right to harm them. Attacking American civilians anywhere serves the interests of (Donald) Trump,” he said.
But the Shiite leader did name all “US military bases, military ships, all US officers and soldiers in our” Arab countries.
He also predicted that when US forces leave the region, “the Zionists will take their bags and leave,” so it will not be necessary “a battle against Israel,” in reference to their great enemy and neighbor, to which Hezbollah He has faced in the past.
“I am happy for Qasem Soleimaní. He has reached his fair rest. We are not angry. We are saying that his pure blood is an opportunity to expel the US from the region, even if there are consequences,” Nasralá said visibly excited in a speech in which he shouted to a broken voice.
The cleric reported that he met Soleimaní in Beirut in the New Year, where he went to visit him before heading to Damascus, and warned him that the United States. “I was after him.”
From Damascus Soleimaní flew to Baghdad and, upon leaving the airport, was targeted by a drone bombing past midnight local time on Friday (21.00 GMT), according to the Popular Crowd.
Soleimaní was in charge of the operations outside Iran of the Guardians of the Revolution and has been present on the ground in Syria and Iraq, supervising the militias backed by Tehran in both countries. (photo) (video)