Lebanon's Shi'ite Iran-proxy terror group Hezbollah is not only fighting for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but is also involved in fighting in Iraq, its chief Hassan Nasrallah revealed for the first time Monday.
Nasrallah said in a speech beamed to supporters in southern Beirut "we may not have spoken about Iraq before, but we have a limited presence because of the sensitive phase that Iraq is going through," reports AFP.
The comment on the "sensitive phase" refers to ongoing clashes between Iraqi troops, several militias and Kurdish forces against the jihadist Islamic State (ISIS) group.
Nasrallah's speech comes two days after his leading Lebanese opponent, Saad Hariri, called on Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria.
"I say to those who call on us to withdraw from Syria, let's go together to Syria," said Nasrallah. "I say, come with us to Iraq, and to any place where we can fight this threat that is threatening our (Muslim) nation and our region."
Most of Hezbollah's efforts have been focused on Syria, where they have roughly 1,000 terrorists on the Golan close to Israel.
An airstrike in the region in January killed a top Hezbollah commander, Jihad Mughniyeh, and six others, including an Iranian general. Israel said that they were preparing a Hezbollah infrastructure for attacking the Jewish state.
Later in January Hezbollah attacked Israel, killing two IDF soldiers in a rocket attack on the Golan Heights.