This undated photo shows a Hezbollah fighter gesturing during clashes with Nusra Front militants in the hills surrounding the border province of Qalamoun. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Hezbollah's leadership insists the party is providing only logistical support to the Army in its battle against militants in Arsal, but it continues to secure its grip on the surrounding areas and could enter the fray if Islamist fighters gain ground.For now, Hezbollah has taken a decision to step back from the confrontation with ISIS in Arsal and leave the mission to the Lebanese Army, which has no choice but to stamp out the threat at any cost, even if it means sacrificing the lives of soldiers and officers, he said.Hezbollah is not looking to get tied up in an open-ended battle in Arsal and has limited its role to providing logistical support to the Lebanese Army as it did in the latter's battle in Abra last year, the official said.In addition to the human cost of fighting, there is also the possibility ISIS could succeed in pushing deeper into Lebanese territory and even bring the battle to Hezbollah's geographic base.
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