Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on July 11th, 2017, on the occasion of the liberation of Mosul
[Sistani and Khamenei played a decisive role in the liberation of Mosul]
Because what happened in Iraq and Mosul affects not only the future of Iraq and the Iraqi people, but deeply and strongly concerns the future of (all) the peoples and countries of the region, and the future of the (Islamic) Community as a whole. There is no doubt that the victory proclaimed yesterday (July 10th, 2017) in the city of Mosul by the head of the Iraqi Government and Commander in Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, Dr. Haydar al-Ibadi, surrounded by military and security officials, is a very large and very important victory, there’s no doubt. Now, although some want to diminish its importance, its scope, its major character, there is no doubt that this is a very large and very important victory, which comes in a context of progression and combination: a number of victories were accumulated and led to this particular victory in the city of Mosul, with the particularity and importance of Mosul.
It comes in a context of progress and accumulated victories of Iraqis against Daesh and terrorism at Diyala, Salah al-Din, Anbar and other Iraqi provinces, which brings us back to the early days, of which we’ll talk about a little in order to draw lessons, the first days of very heavy and bitter fighting that occurred between the Iraqi people and Iraqi forces on one side and Daesh (on the other), and the very wide and fast progression of Daesh who seized several Iraqi provinces until reaching the outskirts of the capital Baghdad. It was 3 years ago, we all remember this broad surge, very fast and very violent.
There is no doubt that the affliction was very big for the Iraqis, who found themselves facing a sedition wherein the grown up are made feeble and the young grow old and the true believer acts under strain till he meets God (Sermon of Imam Ali). There was a generalized state of confusion and dizziness, and a feeling of helplessness, paralysis and widespread despair. The magnitude of what happened was truly colossal, far too big for one to recover easily.
The fatwa of (Shia) religious authorities was published quickly in the Holy City of Najaf (where the tomb of Imam Ali is located), the fatwa of His Eminence Grand Ayatollah religious Marja’ Sayed Ali Sistani (first religious authority in the Shiite world, where a Marja’ is an example to follow and representative of the Prophet), may God protect him, making defense and jihad mandatory (general mobilization until victory) for any individual who can bear arms and fight and making it mandatory to face Daesh with all the force (required). And he stated that this responsibility extended to all, and that the one who was killed in this battle and in this confrontation would be a martyr in the path of God Almighty and Exalted.
This is the place to start our discussion, because the fatwa of (Shiite) religious authorities and their historical call at this time to all Iraqis is the cornerstone and the decisive point of departure of this beautiful conclusion and this great victory. This turning point, this entrance, this door, this source (are the decisive factor).
Well, why... Some might say that we are (unduly) trying to give this fatwa and this stance of religious authority (Marja’iya) this enormous and capital significance. This fatwa and this historical stance, what have they brought?