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Senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard leaders paid tribute Wednesday to slain Hezbollah commander Hassan Hawlo al-Lakkis, with Iran's defense minister saying he played a key role as part of the "first nucleus" of the Lebanese resistance.Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan recounted his own experience as part of the Revolutionary Guard group that came to Lebanon in the 1980s to train members of what would eventually become Hezbollah, Iranian media reported. The defense minister was speaking during a ceremony in Tehran honoring Lakkis, as well as Ahmad Kazemi, an Iranian commander who died in a 2006 plane crash.
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