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News: Terrorism and fundamentalism

Javad Zarif heaps praise on Hezbollah’s top terror chief in Syria

NCRI - The Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has heaped praise on Hezbollah top military commander in Syria who died in a Damascus explosion this week.

“I express my condolences on the martyrdom of the great holy fighter Mustafa Badreddine who was full of spirit and heroism in defending the righteous values of Islam and the combatant people of Lebanon,” Zarif said in a message on Friday to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. His remarks were carried in the Iranian regime’s state media including by the official news agency IRNA.

Hezbollah reported on Friday that Mustafa Badreddine, 55, who oversaw the Lebanese terrorist group’s military operations in Syria, was killed this week in a “huge explosion” near the Syrian capital.

Commenting on Zarif’s praises for the Hezbollah terror chief, Firouz Mahvi of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) on Saturday said:

“Heaping such praise on a notorious international terrorist clearly shows the true nature of the mullahs’ foreign minister Javad Zarif so far as it pertains to his belief in terrorism as a state tool. This is in tandem with Zarif’s previous acts such as laying a wreath at the grave of Imad Mughniyah, the former military commander and head of the terror apparatus of Hezbollah, in 2014. This once again manifests a simple reality that the so-called ‘moderate’ official of the clerical regime is simply a smiling terror master.”

Badreddine’s death is the biggest blow to Hezbollah since the death in 2008 of his brother-in-law Imad Mugniyah, who was behind the 1983 bombing of the American Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 people, and other acts of violence.

Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), in his book "Islamic Fundamentalism: The New Global Threat" (published in 1993) included a clipping from the Iranian state-run newspaper Ressalat which on July 20, 1987 carried a quote from Mohsen Rafiqdoost, Minister of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) at the time, who said: "Both the TNT and the ideology which in one blast sent to hell 400 officers, NCOs, and soldiers at the Marine Headquarters have been provided by Iran."

Badreddine and Mugniyah were among the early recruits for Hezbollah which was fostered by the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards in Lebanon.

Badreddine was indicted by the United Nations-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the 2005 killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

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