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'No prospects for political solutions' in Syria: Nasrallah

An image grab taken from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV on March 1, 2016, shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, giving a televised address from an undisclosed location in Lebanon. (AFP/AL-MANAR, HO)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has said there was no possible political solution for Syria as the conflict is getting "more complicated" after the collapse of the U.S.-Russia brokered cease-fire agreement.

"There are no prospects for political solutions ... The final word is for the battlefield," Nasrallah was quoted as saying by Al-Akhbar newspaper Tuesday.

Nasrallah reiterated his belief that there were no "moderate" forces combatting in Syria to rely on.

"There are no moderates among the Syrian opposition's armed groups. It's either Nusra (now Jabhat Fatah al-Sham) or Daesh (ISIS)," the Hezbollah leader said.

Nasrallah’s comments came just before Syrian government forces and their allies, including Hezbollah, launched a ground attack on rebel-held areas of Aleppo Tuesday.

The attack was part of a government campaign to capture the areas after a short-lived truce negotiated by Russia and the U.S. collapsed, a move that was roundly condemned by Western countries.

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had criticized the campaign, saying talks were the only solution to Syria’s war.

“The cause of what is happening is Assad and Russia wanting to pursue a military victory,” Reuters quoted Kerry as saying during a trip to Colombia. “Today there is no cease-fire and we’re not talking to them right now. And what’s happening? The place is being utterly destroyed. That’s not delusional. That’s a fact.”

Nasrallah also clarified that the fight on a regional level wasn't "against Sunnis" but against "Wahabbism as an ideology."

"The Wahabbi is even more ruthless than the Israeli because he [the Wahabbi] wants to eliminate the other and promote his vision of Islam as a religion and its history as the only valid one," he added.

 

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