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Iranian Leader Hails Hizballah 'Triumph'


http://gdb.rferl.org/860F46CA-9089-4961-B184-4E8F51D4AE28_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/860F46CA-9089-4961-B184-4E8F51D4AE28_mw800_mh600.jpg Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran last month (Fars) August 17, 2006 -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today hailed what he called Hizballah's "victory" over Israel, likening it to "the triumph of Islam."


The message is contained in a letter read on Iran's state television that Khamenei reportedly sent to Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese Shi'ite militia.


In it, Khamenei said Hizballah "proved that military power depends on faith, jihad, sacrifice, intellect, and prudence, rather than mass weaponry." He also praised the militia for allegedly "destroying the myth of the Israeli army's invincibility."


Khamenei's comments echoed remarks made by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad on August 15. The United States and Israel accuse Tehran of maintaining strong organizational ties with Hizballah.


Iran denies the charge, saying its support to the Shi'ite militia is purely "moral."


(IRIB, IRNA)

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