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Hassan Nasrallah Fast Facts

Lebanon's Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah addresses thousands of supporters who took to the streets of southern Beirut to denounce a film mocking Islam on September 17, 2012.

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

Birth date:
August 31, 1960
Birth place: Beirut, Lebanon
Father: Abd al-Karim, who worked as a grocer
    Marriage: Fatima Yassin
    Children: Muhammad Hadi (died in 1997), Muhammad Jawad, Zeinab, Muhammad Ali and Muhammad Mahdi
    Education: Islamic seminaries in Iran and Iraq
    Religion: Shiite Muslim
    Other Facts:
    Oldest of nine children.
    Wears a black turban to signify that he is a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.
    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 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.
    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.
    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.