RealNews

Hezbollah warns US of suicide attacks

The head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah warned Washington on Thursday that its forces would be met with suicide attacks, and not flowers, if it invaded Iraq. “Don’t expect the people of this region to receive you with flowers and perfume,” Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said while addressing a sea of people who filled the streets of Beirut’s southern suburbs for an Ashura meeting. “The people of this region will receive you with rifles, blood, arms, martyrdom and martyrdom operations,” he said. Nasrallah’s comments came in response to remarks from officials in Washington that Iraqi citizens would welcome a U.S. invasion to topple President Saddam Hussein. They also came as the U.N. Security Council remained deeply divided over a new resolution to disarm Iraq and the prospect of war grew. Nasrallah, whose group helped drive Israel out of southern Lebanon in 2000 after a 22-year occupation, said the Iraqi people would fight U.S. forces in their region as the Lebanese had done before them. “In the past, when the (US) Marines were in Beirut and their fleets were in the Mediterranean Sea, we screamed in the southern suburbs, ‘Death to America’,” Nasrallah said. Full Story

OODA Analyst

OODA Analyst

OODA is comprised of a unique team of international experts capable of providing advanced intelligence and analysis, strategy and planning support, risk and threat management, training, decision support, crisis response, and security services to global corporations and governments.