(BEIRUT) — The leader of the Islamic militant group Hezbollah boasted that U.S. bases in the Middle East would be in danger if Israel launches a preemptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.
Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, a close ally of Tehran based in Lebanon, says that Iran would strike at Americans even if Washington had no role in a unilateral assault on Iran by the Israelis.
Nasrallah told Lebanon’s state media, “The response will not be just inside the Israeli entity — American bases in the whole region could be Iranian targets. If Israel targets Iran, America bears responsibility.”
Nevertheless, the Hezbollah leader doubted that Israel would conduct a strike against Iran anytime soon, citing divisions within its government.
However, he added that Hezbollah could be drawn into the conflict if its ally Iran is attacked, alleging “widespread destruction” against Israel.
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