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Hizbollah denies sending arms to Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait

By AFP - Nov 20,2017 - Last updated at Nov 20,2017

BEIRUT — Hizbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah denied on Monday that his group had ever sent weapons to a host of conflict-ridden countries, including Yemen, Bahrain, and Kuwait.

“I want to formally deny it: we did not send weapons to Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait, or Iraq,” Nasrallah said in a televised address on Monday evening.

Nasrallah also was prepared to pull his forces from Iraq, after the Daesh terror group lost control over its last urban stronghold in the country.

Nasrallah said the Lebanese movement had deployed “large numbers of our commanders and cadres” to Iraq to fight Daesh. 

“We consider that the mission has been accomplished, but we are waiting for the final Iraqi announcement of victory,” he said.

Once that official declaration came, Hizbollah would reassess its presence in Iraq and may pull its members out.

“If we find that it’s over, that there is no need for the presence of these brothers, they will return to be deployed in any other arena that needs them,” Nasrallah said.

Hizbollah mostly deployed experienced commanders as advisers and trainers to work alongside the Hashed Al Shaabi, a paramilitary umbrella dominated by local Shiite militia groups also loyal to Tehran.

Iraqi forces on November 17 announced they had retaken Rawa, the last town to have been held by Daesh in Iraq, capping three years of anti-extremist military operations.

The latest efforts against Daesh have been spearheaded by Iraqi special forces and other regular troops but the Hashed, which counts tens of thousands of fighters, has been a key component of the bruising campaign.

 

While Daesh no longer controls any urban hub in Iraq, its surviving fighters have regrouped in remote desert areas along the border with Syria and mopping up operations remain to be completed.

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