Lebanese Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday that the Iranian ballistic-missile attacks last week against two bases in Iraq that host U.S. forces was only the beginning of the retaliation for the killing of top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3, the AP reported.

Nasrallah called the strike a “slap” and a message to Washington.

“The Americans must remove their bases, soldiers and officers and ships from our region. The alternative … to leaving vertically is leaving horizontally. This is a decisive and firm decision,” said Nasrallah.

“We are speaking about the start of a phase, about a new battle, about a new era in the region,” he added.

Nasrallah also threatened U.S. forces in the region during a televised address on Jan. 6.

Separately on Sunday, the Iraqi military said in a statement that four Iraqi soldiers, including two officers, were wounded on Sunday when a barrage of eight Katyusha rockets was fired at Balad air base some 50 miles north of Baghdad, Reuters reported. While the base houses U.S. personnel, no American casualties were reported.

Support Jewish Journalism
with 2020 Vision

JNS is more than just another news website and syndication service. It is an organization devoted to nonstop reporting, and telling the truth about Israel and Jewish issues unburdened by the biases and institutional blinders that distort so much of what we read, hear and see about these topics elsewhere in the secular and even Jewish press.

At JNS, you get the facts about Israel and Jewish issues without the bias that so often tilts the argument against the Jewish state. JNS articles and columns are republished every week by digital outlets and print newspapers across the globe. But in the age of round-the-clock news coverage, advertising and syndication revenues are not enough to support our continued growth. We need your financial help to keep JNS on target as we continue our fair and accurate reporting.

Please help us take JNS to the next level with a tax-deductible sponsorship, either on a recurring monthly basis. Jewish News Syndicate is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.