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Leader Says Hezbollah Might Support Iraqi Insurgency

The Hezbollah leader said Thursday his guerrilla organization – which fought Israeli forces to a standoff in southern Lebanon – might join Iraqis if they decide to launch an insurgency against U.S. forces. “It is a matter first for the Iraqi people to decide,” Hezbollah Secretary-General Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said on the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera. “All Arabs, Muslims and honorable people in the world should support a people that decides to resist the occupation. Hezbollah is part of the Arabs and Muslims,” he said. “Our position in principle is to support any oppressed people that is subjected to tyranny and occupation,” Nasrallah said, adding the caveat that Hezbollah should not be expected to take action for which it was not armed or prepared. Until recently, the Shiite Muslim militant Hezbollah said it would stay out of the conflict in Iraq, where the Shiite majority that was repressed under Saddam Hussein has been increasingly assertive and – in some cases – opposed to the U.S. military presence in their country. Full Story

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