Israel, US ‘main beneficiaries’

The head of Lebanon’s Shi’ite Muslim Hizbollah said Israel and the United States were the main beneficiaries of the deadly attacks in Iraq and pointed to the al-Qaeda terror network as their author.

“Israel and the United States are the principal beneficiaries of the attack that killed dozens of people in Baghdad and Karbala,” Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said at a ceremony in southern Beirut marking the Ashura holy day of mourning.

“The objective is to sow discord among Muslims, between Sunnis and Shi’ites,” a visibly shaken Sheik Nasrallah told a crowd of more than 100,000.

“Israel, which wants to destroy Iraq, has provided a lot of money and agents and formed sabotage networks in Iraq,” he alleged.

“The American administration wants to dominate Iraq and pillage its oil and other resources.”

Sheik Nasrallah also speculated about the political nature and program of the Iraqi “resistance” which, he said, “kills more Iraqis than Americans”.

He indirectly accused the al-Qaeda terror network of Osama bin Laden of attacking Iraqi civilians.

“Groups exist which act under the name of Islam, who live in the Middle Ages, deprived of all reason and who spill the blood of Muslims. That is the big danger,” he said.

A leading Lebanese Shi’ite cleric, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, warned another gathering in southern Beirut against a US plan to create divisions in Iraq.

“The United States is working to provoke major hostilities on the Iraqi scene in a bid to prolong its occupation,” he said.

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