Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday the U.S. military in the Middle East would pay the price for the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, warning that U.S. soldiers and officers would return home in coffins.
He also said that America's military in the Middle East, including U.S. bases, warships and soldiers are fair targets. And that the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani marked a new phase in the history of the Middle East, adding that U.S. military bases, warships and soldiers are "fair targets."
Referring to the date of Soleimani's killing in a U.S. air strike in Baghdad, Nasrallah said it was a "date separating two phases in the region ... it is the start of a new phase and new history not just for Iran or Iraq but the whole region."
"When the coffins of American soldiers and officers begin to be transported ... to the United States, Trump and his administration will realise that they have really lost the region and will lose the elections," Nasrallah said, referring to the 2020 U.S. presidential vote.
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Hassan Nasrallah says evicting U.S. military forces from the region is now a priority.
The U.S. military “will pay the price,” he added in a speech Sunday.
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“The suicide attackers who forced the Americans to leave from our region in the past are still here and their numbers have increased,” Nasrallah added.
Nasrallah, seemingly threatening the U.S. said "suicide bombers that forced America to leave the region in the past are still there and have grown in number."
Speaking in a televised addressed commemorating Soleimani's death, Nasrallah said responding to the killing was not only Iran's responsibility but the responsibility of its allies in the region too.
He added that U.S. civilians in the region "should not be touched," saying this would serve U.S. President Donald Trump's agenda.
Nasrallah also said on Friday his powerful Shi'ite militia group would continue the path of Iran's Major-General Qassem Soleimani after his death, broadcaster Al Manar reported.
Nasrallah said the United States would not be able to achieve its goals with this "big crime" and just punishment was the responsibility of all fighters, Al Manar reported.
The militia was established by Iran's Revolutionary Guard during Lebanon's civil war in the 1980s. Today it is among the most effective armed groups in the region, extending Iran's influence to Israel's doorstep.