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Rifi: Hezbollah and ISIS ideologies alike

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah and the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) are similar, Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi said.

“Hezbollah and ISIS are alike,” Rifi said Thursday in an interview on LBC TV's "Kalam al-Nas" talk show. “Hezbollah’s ideology is to eliminate [the other] and control Lebanon under an Iranian scheme, and any party with elimination thinking is just like ISIS.”

Rifi accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of creating ISIS “to say he is fighting terrorism and in order to make a comeback to Lebanon.”

“This way [Assad] will torpedo the March 14 project,” he added, in reference to the Future Movement-led coalition that supports rebels in their fight against the Syrian regime.

He also accused the Syrian regime of being behind Fatah al-Islam, saying Fatah al-Islam leader Shaker Abssi was killed in Syria “at the hands of those who tasked him with the Lebanon mission that was aborted by the Lebanese Army and the Lebanese government.”

Rifi, likewise, blamed the Syrian regime for operating the Free Sunni Brigades Twitter account.

He said he believed the Lebanese Army and U.N. peacekeepers had a “real opportunity” to control the border against terrorist infiltration from Syria.

 

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