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Azzam Brigades dare Hezbollah to come to Iraq

A Civil Defense member walks at the site of an explosion near the Iranian cultural center in the southern suburbs of Beirut February 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)

BEIRUT: The Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades ridiculed Hezbollah Tuesday, daring it to enter the battles in Iraq while vowing to keep attacking the resistance party until it withdraws its fighters from Syria.

“The last thing I will say to you is that you have built a solid base for your war in Lebanon and you have done the same in Syria, I ask God to drag you into the Iraq battle,” the group’s spokesperson Serajeddine Zoraiqat tweeted.

"In Arabic, I say to Iran's party: leave Syria immediately before it's too late.”

In his next tweet, Zoraiqat translated his threat into Farsi, “in case Iran’s party does not know Arabic.”

He then listed what he said were attacks and assassinations Hezbollah carried out in Lebanon.

“The terror of Iran's party in Lebanon: bombings of Al-Taqwa and Al-Salam mosques in Tripoli, the burning down of Bilal bin Rabah Mosque in Sidon, the killing of sheikhs and youth, arbitrary detention.”

“Iran's party's bombings: Rafik Hariri, Francois Hajj Walid Eido, Gebran Tueni, Samir Qassir, Wissam al-Hasan, Mohammad Shatah, and a long list that the Lebanese know well enough.”

The brigades have claimed responsibility for the bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut last year and this year’s attack against the Iranian Cultural Center. Suicide bombers carried out the two attacks, which killed scores of people.

The group, which rose to notoriety in Lebanon with the embassy bombing, also accused Hezbollah of killing women and children in Aleppo, imposing a siege on eastern Ghouta, taking over Qalamoun and shelling civilians in southern Damascus as well as “the continuous support of Bashar [Assad].”

“When we bombed the embassy of its patron, Iran, and then the center of cultural crime for the sake of the oppressed in Syria and Lebanon and in response to the aggression, they shouted: Terrorists!”

“If terrorism is the response to your crimes, then terrorism is preparing a series [of terror attacks] that will have you forget previous ones until safety is restored in Syria.”

Zoraiqat questioned Hezbollah’s raison d’etre, saying the party had safeguarded Israel’s border with Lebanon.

“Stop with your lies that you are resisting the Jews. The Muslim community knows the real you, the Jewish borders enjoy your guard while Muslim children are killed at the hands of those resistance fighters.”

“Everyone knows that if a community, an atheist, would toss a rocket at the Jews, you would be the first to arrest them and punish them because they harmed your Zionist allies.”

“Remember the 2008 Gaza war, weren’t Hezbollah the ones weeping for the children and now you're killing children in Aleppo! What did your resistance offer then?”

 

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Summary

The Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades ridiculed Hezbollah Tuesday, daring it to enter the battles in Iraq while vowing to keep attacking the resistance party until it withdraws its fighters from Syria.

In his next tweet, Zoraiqat translated his threat into Farsi, "in case Iran's party does not know Arabic".

He then listed what he said were attacks and assassinations Hezbollah carried out in Lebanon.

Suicide bombers carried out the two attacks, which killed scores of people.

Zoraiqat questioned Hezbollah's raison d'etre, saying the party had safeguarded Israel's border with Lebanon.


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