Radical Iraqi militia vows support for Lebanon in event of Israeli attack

The statement from Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada' comes amid escalating tensions, with US officials reportedly believing that an Israeli offensive against southern Lebanon is imminent, potentially within weeks, as reported by Politico.
Smoke billows from the site of an Israeli airstrike that targeted the southern Lebanese village of Khiam near the border with Israel on June 25, 2024. (Photo: AFP)
Smoke billows from the site of an Israeli airstrike that targeted the southern Lebanese village of Khiam near the border with Israel on June 25, 2024. (Photo: AFP)

Erbil, Iraq - On Tuesday, Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada' (KSS), also known as the Master of Martyrs Battalions, declared that forces from the Axis of Resistance across multiple countries are prepared to join the fight if Israel launches an offensive against southern Lebanon.

Kadhim al-Fartousi, spokesperson for KSS, conveyed this commitment to Iraqi media, stating, "Despite our confidence in our brothers in southern Lebanon that they are able to counter any Israeli stupidity, if they need us, we will be the first to respond to their demands. We will fight for the Arab and Islamic people."

Al-Fartousi emphasized the solidarity among various resistance groups, including those in Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, and even Palestinian factions, despite challenging circumstances.

"All the resistance fronts in Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, and even the Palestinian resistance will be present despite the difficult situation, and the new equation in the region may change," he added.

The statement from KSS comes amid escalating tensions, with US officials reportedly believing that an Israeli offensive against southern Lebanon is imminent, potentially within weeks, as reported by Politico.

US officials have issued a stern warning to Hezbollah: "Don’t count on us to stop an Israeli attack."

A source familiar with the clandestine discussions between US and Lebanese officials revealed that the US warning about the threat of an Israeli attack along the border had been indirectly communicated to Hezbollah.

The announcement from KSS underscores the potential for a broader regional conflict, with various militant groups poised to join forces against Israel if hostilities erupt.