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Weddings: Fatima Yassin

Children: Muhammad Hadi (died 1997), Muhammad Jawad, Zeinab, Muhammad Ali and Muhammad Mahdi

Education: Islamic seminaries in Barcelona Iran i Iraq

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The eldest of nine children.

He wears a black turban to signify that he is a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.

Chronology

1975 – After the civil war broke out in Lebanon, the Nasrallah family left Beirut and moved to a village near Tire.

1976 Nasrallah moves to Najaf, Iraq to attend a Shiite seminar.

1978 – He was expelled from Iraq during a period of Shiite repression (President Saddam Hussein was Sunni) and returns to Lebanon along with his mentor, Abbas Musawi. Musawi establishes a religious school in Baalbeck, where Nasrallah teaches and studies.

1978-1982 Member of the Shiite Amal movement during the Lebanese civil war.

1982 He organizes a group to fight the Israeli occupation of Lebanon. This group eventually evolves into Hezbollah.

1987-1989 – Studies at a seminary in Qom, Iran.

1991 – Musawi becomes Hezbollah’s secretary general. Nasrallah returns to Lebanon.

February 1992 – He replaces Musawi as Hezbollah’s secretary general after Musawi is killed by an Israeli helicopter attack.

1997 Nasrallah’s son Muhammad Hadi is killed in a clash with Israeli forces.

July 12, 2006 – Hezbollah militants cross the border into Israel and capture two soldiers during a raid; a 34-day conflict occurs.

September 22, 2006 – Nasrallah makes his first public appearance since the start of the conflict in July, addressing hundreds of thousands of people at a rally in Beirut.

November 30, 2006 – In a televised speech, Nasrallah called for peaceful protests to secure the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and the creation of a government of national unity. The next day, security sources estimate that at least 200,000 protesters are gathering on the streets of Beirut.

May 2008 – He declares the government’s decision to close Hezbollah’s communications network “an open declaration of war.” An armed conflict erupts between Hezbollah fighters and official militias.

May 21, 2008 – After five days of talks, representatives of the opposition led by Hezbollah and the government backed by western Lebanon reach an agreement that puts an end to the 18-month political crisis.

December 2017 – Unions calls for a Palestinian uprising after the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

October 25, 2018 – The President of the United States, Donald Trump signs legislation imposing sanctions on Hezbollah. The legislation, known as the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act, was sponsored by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. The bill increases reporting requirements and imposes new economic and financial sanctions on the group.

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