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Hassan Nasrallah - Fast Facts

By CNN Library
August 14, 2013 -- Updated 2239 GMT (0639 HKT)

(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General of Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite Muslim militant group.

Personal:
Birth date: August 31, 1960

Birth place: Beirut, Lebanon

Father: Abd al-Karim, who worked as a grocer.

Marriage: Fatima Yassin

Children: Muhammad Hadi (d. 1997 at 18); Muhammad Jawad, Zeinab, Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Mahdi.

Education: Islamic seminaries in Iran and Iraq

Religion: Shiite Muslim

Other Facts:
Oldest of nine children. His family lived in Karantina, an impoverished area of East Beirut.

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

Timeline:
1975 - After civil war breaks out in Lebanon, the Nasrallah family leaves Beirut and moves to a village near Tyre.

1976 - Nasrallah moves to Najaf, Iraq, to attend a Shiite seminary.

1978 - Is expelled from Iraq during a time of Shiite repression (President Saddam Hussein was a 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 Lebanon's civil war.

1982 - Organizes a group to fight against the Israeli occupation of Lebanon. This group eventually evolves into Hezbollah.

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

1989 - Represents the Hezbollah in Tehran.

1991 - Abbas Musawi becomes the Secretary-General of Hezbollah. Nasrallah returns to Lebanon.

February 1992 - Replaces Abbas Musawi as secretary-general of Hezbollah when Musawi is killed by an Israeli helicopter strike.

1997 - Nasrallah's son, Muhammad Hadi, is killed in a clash with Israeli forces.

July 12, 2006 - Hezbollah crosses the border into Israel and captures two soldiers during a raid; a 34 day conflict ensues.

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

August 2007 - Is re-elected to a sixth consecutive term as secretary-general of Hezbollah.

May 2008 - Declares the government's move to shut down Hezbollah's communications network "a declaration of war." Armed conflict breaks out between Hezbollah and Lebanese forces.

May 21, 2008 - Lebanon and Hezbollah reach an agreement.

July 11, 2008 - Lebanese President Michel Suleiman announces the formation of a unity government with Hezbollah.

July 22, 2010 - In a televised speech, Nasrallah claims that members of Hezbollah will soon be indicted for the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Nasrallah says that this information come directly from current Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

July 3, 2011 - In response to the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon issuing an indictment and arrest warrants for at least four Hezbollah members in the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, Nasrallah criticizes the tribunal and repeats his stance that Israel is to blame.

May 25, 2013 - In a televised speech, Nasrallah publicly acknowledges for the first time that Hezbollah fighters are in Syria battling in support of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

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