BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Iran-backed Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah believes a U.S. struggle on Iran is unlikely and U.S. President Donald Trump wouldn’t have the ability to management the outcomes of a battle that would engulf the area.
Sheikh Naim Qassem, in an interview with Lebanon’s al-Joumhouria newspaper, mentioned such a struggle can be fought on many fronts, not only one, which means losses can be numerous.
“On the regional degree, we see as unlikely an American struggle in opposition to Iran for a lot of causes, a very powerful of them being firstly that Iran is a robust state with essential defensive capabilities,” Qassem mentioned.
Trump “doesn’t profit from a struggle that he can begin however whose outcomes he can’t management and which could start with Iran however could also be accompanied by the area being set on hearth”, he mentioned.
Hezbollah is a closely armed group based by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in 1982 that has fought extra just lately in regional conflicts together with Syria and Iraq as a part of a Tehran-backed alliance.
Qassem famous what he described as “the good accomplishments” of the alliance led by Iran during the last twenty years in “Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and elsewhere”.
The US views Hezbollah as a terrorist group.
On Wednesday, Trump mentioned any struggle between Iran and the USA can be swift, however reiterated his want to keep away from a navy confrontation even whereas blasting Tehran’s leaders.
The US has imposed crippling monetary sanctions in opposition to Iran since final 12 months when Trump withdrew from a 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers underneath which Iran curbed its nuclear program.
Rigidity has escalated sharply since final month when the Trump administration tightened its sanctions noose, ordering all international locations to halt purchases of Iranian oil.
Writing by Tom Perry; Enhancing by Toby Chopra