Sayyed Nasrallah: US did everything to help ISIS in Syria's Bukamal

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says despite the US claims about fighting terrorism, it spared no effort to help ISIS forces in the Syrian town of al-Bukamal.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks in a televised address to the Lebanese nation capital city of Beirut on Monday.

Nasrallah noted that recapturing al-Bukamal was a major victory over ISIS, because Bukamal was the last Syrian city occupied by ISIS.

“US helped ISIS as much as it could in Bukamal short of directly engaging forces that fought to liberate the town from ISIS,” he Hezbollah leader noted.

Nasrallah went on to note that US provided ISIS terrorists with full air cover in Bukamal.

The US sent its drones to Bukamal and provided ISIS with accurate information about what was going on, Nasrallah said, adding that American forces also waged electronic warfare against forces that were fighting to to liberate Bukamal.

American forces also provided air transfer for ISIS commanders and facilitated their escape to eastern shores of Euphrates, he said. The Hezbollah leader stated that even Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the US for helping ISIS.

Nasrallah emphasized that recapturing Bukamal led to unity of Syria and ended ISIS' self-proclaimed state in the country.

Following recent victories in Iraq and Syria, he added, the military structure of ISIS collapsed in the two countries and Iraqi forces have reached the Syrian border.

Hezbollah leader noted that the victory over ISIS was victory of Islamic values over terrorists’ savagery.

Nasrallah also highlighted the role played by commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, in anti-terror operations in both Iraq and Syria.

He noted that Soleimani was commanding anti-ISIS operations in the two countries at the frontline and was never a commander to issue orders from behind the lines.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Nasrallah referred to the latest meeting of the Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo, who designated the Lebanese Hezbollah as a terrorist group, says that this was not the first time that such accusations were leveled against Hezbollah.

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmad Aboul Gheit announced at a press conference in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Sunday that Arab states had agreed to designate Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement a “terrorist organization.”

The Arab League’s extraordinary general meeting on Sunday was held at the request of Saudi Arabia, which has assumed an aggressive stance against Hezbollah for its alleged links to Iran, Riyadh’s powerful rival in the region. Riyadh associates Hezbollah with Iran and has been trying to weaken the resistance movement, which is Lebanon's de facto deterrent force against Tel Aviv.

In its concluding resolution, the Arab League announced that Arab foreign ministers, excluding those of Lebanon and Iraq, would hold Hezbollah responsible for supporting “terrorist groups” across the region.


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