Hezbollah's Nasrallah: U.S.-led Syria Strikes Failed to Serve Israel's Interests

Nasrallah adds that U.S. military had kept its strikes limited because it knew a wider attack would spark retaliation from Damascus and its allies and inflame the Middle East

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah speaking on al-Manar TV in Lebanon, April 13, 2018.
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The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Sunday that Western strikes on Syria had failed to terrorize the army, help insurgents or even serve Israel's interests.

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Hassan Nasrallah said the U.S. military had kept its strikes limited because it knew a wider attack would spark retaliation from Damascus and its allies.

"The American (military) knows well that going towards a wide confrontation and a big operation against the regime and the army and the allied forces in Syria could not end," Nasrallah said at a rally in Lebanon's Bekaa.

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"Any such confrontation would inflame the entire region."

Iran-backed Shi'ite Hezbollah has been a vital ally of Damascus in Syria's seven-year war, helping it regain territory from rebels and Islamic State militants.

The Hezbollah military and political movement, which has lawmakers in the Lebanese parliament, fights alongside the Syrian army.