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Hezbollah Chief: Islamic State Carrying Out New Nakba In Mideast

The Times of Israel reports: Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday that the Islamic State was carrying out a new “Nakba” in the Middle East, employing the Arabic word for catastrophe traditionally used by the Palestinians and the Arab world to refer to the 1948 creation of the State of Israel.

Nasrallah’s remarks, coming as Israel celebrated its 68th Independence Day, including a harsh attack on the US, which he accused of creating the Islamic State terror group to extend hegemony over the region.

Noting that the day marked the anniversary of Israel’s creation, Nasrallah said that a “similar Nakba” was taking place in the region at the hands of the Islamic State, which controls swathes of land in Syria and Iraq and is infamous for the wanton killing of male members of non-Sunni minority groups and the enslaving of their women and girls.

The difference “between the current Nakba and the one of 1948,” Nasrallah added, was that “there are groups that currently exist that will stand in the way of this new Nakba,” in reference to Hezbollah, a Shiite group whose members have been fighting alongside Iranian forces and Assad’s military since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in March 2011.

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