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Hezbollah will keep fighting in Syria’s civil war alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces as long as necessary, the group’s leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday.

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Hezbollah has helped turn the tide in President Bashar al-Assad’s favor this year, leading to the recapture of the town of Qusair and fighting alongside his forces south of Damascus and in the northern city of Aleppo.

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“As long as the reasons (to fight in Syria) remain, our presence there will remain,” Nasrallah said in a speech in front of tens of thousands of Lebanese Shi’ites marking the religious ceremony of Ashoura in southern Beirut.

“Our fighters are present on Syrian soil…to confront all the dangers it faces from the international, regional and takfiri attack on this country and region,” Nasrallah said, referring to the foreign Islamist rebels fighting in Syria.

Takfiri is a term for a hardline Sunni Muslim who sees other Muslims as infidels, often as a justification for fighting or killing them.

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