On January 3, Hezbollah’s secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, delivered a speech on Hezbollah’s al-Manar television marking the second anniversary of the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
In his speech, Nasrallah praised Soleimani as a defender and protector of peace in the region. He vowed that those responsible for killing Soleimani will get just punishment, and he said the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan is one consequence of the assassination.
Hezbollah’s chief claimed that all participants in the Syrian war – Islamic State, the al Qaida-affiliated group Nusrah Front, various Arab and other regional countries – are tools against Syria in the hands of the United States.
“The United States is responsible for the war in Syria,” Nasrallah said.