Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah speaks on Al-Manar, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (The Daily Star/Al-Manar, image grab)
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It was Nasrallah's first appeal to Daesh and the Nusra Front – the group has changed its name to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – to lay down their arms, despite the fact that Hezbollah, which is deeply involved in the 5-year-old war in Syria, has frequently fought militants from the two groups in Syria and in areas near the Lebanese-Syrian border.Admitting that it might be unusual to send a message to extremists on the anniversary of the 2006 war, Nasrallah called on Daesh and Nusra to take a step back and realize who they were fighting for.Nasrallah said he believed the U.S. created Daesh to destroy the "axis of resistance," and Hezbollah in particular, as the group was serving on the front line to foil Western plans for the region. Nasrallah warned that any future war with Israel would be its last, as even Israeli officials understood they could not afford to attack Lebanon again.The Hezbollah leader said Lebanon's victory in the war was based on Israel's failure to achieve any of its declared objectives, which ultimately boiled down to creating a "new Middle East," as previously stated by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He said among the objectives of the Israeli war were to crush the resistance (Hezbollah), kill its leaders, destroy its military capabilities, disarm the group and keep its fighters away from the Lebanese-Israeli border.
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