< html > The Associated Press
Bolivar Commercial
 LATEST NEWS
 Top Stories
 U.S.
  Severe Weather
  Bird Flu
 World
  Castro
  Mideast Crisis
  Iraq
 Business
 Personal Finance
 Technology
 Sports
  Sports Columns
  NASCAR
  Baseball
  College Hoops
  NBA
  NHL
  Tennis
  Golf
 Entertainment
 Health
 Science
 Politics
 Washington
 Offbeat
 Podcasts
 Blogs
 Weather
 Raw News
 NEWS SEARCH
 
 Archive Search
 SPECIAL SECTIONS
 Multimedia Gallery
 AP Video Network
 Today
 in History
 Corrections
Jun 24, 2:38 PM EDT

Hezbollah vows to send more fighters to Syria's Aleppo

AP Photo
AP Photo/Hussein Malla

Multimedia
Assault on Gaza: Mapping the attacks
Gaza assault takes its toll on children
A closer look at Hamas
Latest News
UN chief calls on Israel, Palestinians to renew talks

Israeli official: Reconciliation deal reached with Turkey

Mideast indexes drop in first day of trading post-Brexit

Jerusalem gay pride parade attacker given life sentence

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections of the week in the Mideast

PHOTO GALLERY
AP Photo

Conflict in the Middle East

BEIRUT (AP) -- Hezbollah's leader said on Friday that the Lebanese militant group will be sending more fighters to Syria's Aleppo province, where pro-government forces are battling Syrian rebels on several fronts.

Hassan Nasrallah made the pledge despite heavy losses the Shiite group has incurred in fighting along Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces in the war-wrecked Aleppo province this month.

In a speech addressing supporters to mark 40 days since the killing of Hezbollah's top commander Mustafa Badreddine in Syria, Nasrallah called the fight for Syria's largest city and its province the "great" battle of the Syria war.

"We will increase our presence in Aleppo," he said and added that "there can be no retreat, and no doubt."

Hezbollah, a Shiite group which is also part of the Lebanese government, has sent thousands of fighters to support Assad's forces in the civil war next door. The conflict is now in its sixth-year. Over 1,000 of Hezbollah's fighters have been killed in battle.

Nasrallah admitted to losing 26 fighters in the Aleppo region in June alone but also claimed that more than 600 fighters were killed on the side of the enemy.

He also said the fate of Lebanon is intertwined with that of Syria and Iraq, adding that it is only natural that his fighters be involved in those conflicts to protect Lebanon.

Nasrallah also criticized Bahrain's rulers for their decision to strip the country's leading Shiite cleric of his nationality in a move that brought thousands of protesters into the streets and threatened to further ignite sectarian tensions across the region.

In his speech, he blasted Bahrain's Sunni leaders as being "midgets" and "servants" of the Saudi ruling family.

© 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.