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While Holding Lebanon Hostage, Hezbollah Slams ISIS for Designs on Country

The Shiite terrorist organization Hezbollah made the case against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on August 31, suggesting the Sunni militia “wants Lebanon.”

The threat of ISIS to Lebanon cannot be underestimated, a Hezbollah official warned Sunday, stressing that occupying the country was part of the group’s expansionist plan.

“The terrorist threat on Lebanon is actual, real and continuous,” said Sheikh Nabil Kaouk, the deputy head of Hezbollah’s executive council. “And whoever doubts or underestimates [this threat] is either ignorant or negligent, and he harms the high national interest of Lebanon.”

Indeed, ISIS has made clear its expansionist plans, having already declared an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The group has already attempted to make inroads into Lebanon.

However, while Hezbollah is pointing the finger of blame in ISIS’ direction, it continues its path of destruction through Syria and holds hostage the Lebanese political system.

Future MP Ahmad Fatfat Monday said the March 14 coalition welcomed any effort to achieve the presidential election but ruled out an early vote… Fatfat accused Hezbollah of having an “ultimate interest at this stage” to keep the presidential seat vacant in order to maintain their upper hand on Lebanon.

[Photo: Nicolas Raymond]