BEIRUT, LEBANON, (6:30 P.M.) – Lebanese President Michel ‘Aoun told a Tunisian parliamentary delegation on Friday that the Lebanese Army is prepared to fight the Islamic State (Daesh) near the Syrian border.

“Today, we are blessed with stability and security; our army is ready for the battle against the terrorists; and we will win,” the President told a Tunisian parliamentary delegation, who visited him at Baabda palace, as quoted by the National News Agency of Lebanon.

‘Aoun’s comments come just days after his Intelligence Chief ‘Abbas Ibrahim met with an Islamic State delegation in eastern Lebanon to discuss a settlement.

The Islamic State delegation refused to surrender the Ras Ba’albak region, prompting the military to resume their attacks against the terrorist organization.

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After 6 years of nonstop Hezbollah fight, they just remembered they should fight terrorists?

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HB operated mostly in Syria and well, now, including reserves, effective seems to have fallen to about 5000. HB did little into Lebanon, except having started a war wthut govt. approval with the southern neighbouring state in 2006, ending with major infrastructure damages and thousands deaths. You seem to not really get that, if HB is popular in some ME countries, it’s FAR to be the case in Lebanon : remember that 43% of Lebaneses are Christians, 27% are Sunni and 27% are Shiite while HB popularity is only about 10%. It was higher until its political branch had seats… Read more »

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Very pleased to see a preventative action by Lebanon, as a means of responding appropriately to the real danger of ISIS spill over into Lebanon, following their losses in Syria. It is a way of responding to attempts by Prime Minister Hariri to capitalize on crisis, and polarize population, frustrated by the economic impact of refugee situation. This is taking charge — and avoiding the trap of stirring up anti-Shia rhetoric, as clearly being pushed by Israel, and obligatory echo in US politics. It is the President of Lebanon, Aoun, that needs to counter the remnant of the colonial past,… Read more »