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Iranian President Praises Hizballah's 'Victory' --> Mahmud Ahmadinejad (file photo) (epa) August 15, 2006 -- Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said today that "God's promises" had come true, as he praised what he called Hizballah's victory over Israel.

The Iranian president told cheering crowds in the northwestern city of Ardebil that Hizballah had won a victory for Islam, foiling what he said were plans for a U.S. and British-dominated Middle East.

Ahmadinejad also said that supporters of Israel's "brutal invasion" of Lebanon should be brought to justice.

"Those who had a hand in the planning of the brutal invasion and then supported the brutal invasion and prevented a cease-fire from being established are guilty of taking part in crimes committed by the Zionist regime and should also be prosecuted for these crimes," he said.

Iran and Syria are Hizballah's main backers and Ahmadinejad echoed earlier comments by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

(AP, dpa)
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