Hezbollah deputy says war in Syria helped fighters acquire new ‘skills’

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Hezbollah deputy secretary-general Naim Qassem praised his party’s role in “liberating Syrian cities” and spoke about the “skills” which Hezbollah fighters acquired while fighting alongside Bashar al-Assad’s troops, the Iranian news agency Tasnim reported on Saturday.

While delivering a speech at the Imam Sadegh University in Tehran, Qassem said that before engaging in the fighting alongside the Assad regime, Hezbollah fighters only knew how to use “weapons like machine guns and missiles but did not have heavy weapons and equipment like tanks,” adding that they’ve now “gained more experience” as a result of fighting in Syria.

“When we went to Syria, we learnt how to fight in the desert and we also learnt urban warfare and how to liberate cities, one house and one street at a time. We became skilled in driving tanks and using all types of missiles,” Qassem added.

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