Nasrallah: We are willing to
defend Iraq shrines

BEIRUT - Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that his party was willing to defend Shiite shrines in Iraq, after the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham overrun large areas of the country.


“We will do whatever we are asked to do, and will go wherever we have to be…” a source close to Nasrallah quoted him on Tuesday as saying during his meeting with leaders of Imam al-Mahdi Scouts on the occasion of the twenty-ninth anniversary of the scouts formation.


The source also noted that the remarks published for Nasrallah by As-Safir newspaper earlier on Tuesday were “just a small part of what he said during the meeting.”


“We are ready to sacrifice martyrs in Iraq five times more than what we sacrificed in Syria, in order to protect shrines, because they are much more important than [the holy sites in Syria],” Nasrallah said.


“Gone are the times when it was allowed to destroy and desecrate our religious shrines in Najaf, Karbala and Samarra.


“How will we face Imam al-Mahdi if the Samarra shrines were harmed?” he asked.


However, he voiced his relief that “as long as there is a man called Sayyed [Ali Husseini] Khamenei, [our] leader, and as long as there is a resistance, Iraqi people and religious clerics, nothing will happen to our shrines in the world.


The Hezbollah leader also called his supporters to refrain from shooting gunfire in the air during funerals of Hezbollah fighters.


The source also noted that Nasrallah told the scout leaders that the appearance of Imam al-Mahdi was imminent.


“We are living today the era of the coming of Imam Mahdi,” he said.


Faced with a militant offensive sweeping south toward Baghdad, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced the Iraqi government would arm and equip civilians who volunteer to fight, and thousands have signed up.


And on Friday, influential Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued a call to arms for people to fight "terrorists," a move that will boost recruitment.

We are living today the era of the coming of Imam Mahdi.

  • ED.

    You're a funny man Hanibaal-Atheos. I don't agree with your opinions but I enjoy reading your posts.

    June 18, 2014

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    Excellent news. The more Nasrallah gets involved in other countries (Syria, now Iraq) over narrow sectarian issues, the more he and his Hezbollah dekkaneh will get off our backs (...), forget about liberating Jerusalem, and stop the charade that they are a "Lebanese" resistance. I think Iran should dispatch 100 cargo planes to Beirut airport, and airlift all of Hezbollah's men, their wives and their children, along with their pots and pans and mattresses, to Iraq where they can defend and secure their "holy shrines" (...). We'll hold the fort here in Beirut while they're gone, and if they happen to like living right next to their shrines, they should build a shantytown right there and never come back. We can finally clear the slums of Dahiyeh and restore the airport boulevard to its old glory.

    June 17, 2014

  • mjay

    "We'll hold the fort here in Beirut"-Yes, let's entrust Beirut's security to sectarian wimps who are willing to betray their people at the first sign of danger. The same people who invite Syria, Israel, and now the takifiris to fight their own battlers. Say what you want about HA, but at least it is willing to shed blood to defend its own people from existential threats that exist both inside the country and abroad

    June 17, 2014

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    You're the lucky sectarian one. While we sectarian wimps stay in Beirut and betray, you will go to Syria, Iraq, Africa, Argentina, Bulgaria, Israel or wherever those existential threats might lurch (that is by the way the definition of paranoid schizophrenia) and die for some idiots from the 8th century, shed your blood and get drunk from the smell and sight of blood running down the streets. I bet you'll whip yourself with chains until your eyes are blinded by blood, and then at that supreme moment of orgasmic happiness, you will met the Mahdi in all his glory (the Great Prophet Hassan Nasrallah said it, "We are living today the era of the coming of Imam Mahdi"). I envy you.

    June 18, 2014

  • mjay

    so, you clearly don't understand the concept of military deterrence. look at South Lebanon, it was a warzone for 20 years, but is now the safer than any other part of the country. All the hard work and sacrifice did not/will not go in vain. Dahieh will soon be the safest part of Beirut, mark my words. Enjoy your nightclubs while they last :)

    June 18, 2014

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    What military deterrence? Israel still flies over Lebanese skies like it used to. It still breaches the border fence. It still occupies Shebaa, Ghajar and Shouba..... Hezbollah, just like the PLO before it, created the problem by provoking Israel, then after Israel retaliates and nothing happens for a while, Hezbollah claims to have imposed deterrence on Israel. The reason the south is quiet these days is not because of deterrence, it is because the idiots of Hezbollah no longer shoot rockets, no longer kidnap Israelis, and no longer practice the so-called resistance. Why? Because their Syrian master is busy killing his own people and Hezbollah is in Syria defending him. Assad cannot afford to have Hezbollah provoke Israel because he cannot open yet another front. Also, after 2006 destruction of Lebanon, Hezbollah has been hemmed in by the Lebanese people who no longer tolerate its domestic terrorism, by UNIFIL, and AT LONG LAST by the Lebanese army who was finally allowed in the south after it was kicked out by the PLO, by Ahmad Al-Khatib, and by Hezbollah itself. Stop the lying and the fabrications. Lebanon never wanted war with Israel. The situation in the south was artificially engineered by Syria and Iran using their PLO and Hezb mercenaries to fight Israel with Lebanese blood. Had the Shiites and Sunnis of Lebanon not sold out to Palestine, Syria, and Iran, the Lebanese army would have never left the south and there would never have been war. One last question: Why has there never been no "resistance" and "liberation" and no Hezbollah in the Golan? After all, Israel not only occupied but it also annexed the Golan????

    June 19, 2014

  • whiteknight

    to MJAY lost and mentally challenged is what you are if you really believe any of what you wrote .... resistance? safest places? the south and dahiye ??military deterrence ? by hizballah ??? hahaha you make me laugh !!!! how ignorant as well as obedient sheep you are , just followers moved by jahiliya instinct !!! no brain, no vision, no questioning, no thinking , no asking ....!!! sheep ! just sheep browsing grass at the heel of their masters .... what a waste your life is !!! As for our nightclubs ,are threatening our way of life ???? you miserable blinded follower??? oh trust me , we will enjoy them, and multiply them, we will even open them in your dahiye after we liberate it from the darkened minds that rule it now ... !!! and just specially for you , we will add a few strip clubs where liberated girls will pole dance .... Cheers ...

    June 23, 2014