Afif said some Lebanese politicians seek to capitalize on the populist appeal of ISIS by adopting some of its extremist rhetoric and justifying some of its actions.
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Hezbollah's media will focus increasingly on the threat posed by ISIS and takfiri terrorism in general, the party's media adviser, Mohammad Afif, suggested in an interview with The Daily Star.Afif, who recently returned to his position after a stint as director of news and political programming at Hezbollah's television channel Al-Manar, sees the viciousness displayed by ISIS in online videos, eyewitness reports and media reports as validation for Hezbollah's early interference in the war in Syria. Afif also touched on the clashes in Arsal and the kidnapping of Lebanese Army soldiers and security personnel, saying the attack on Arsal was a strategic decision taken after jihadists failed to reach Damascus or hold on to the Qalamoun region following a joint offensive by the Syrian army and Hezbollah.Afif said Lebanese factions across the political spectrum had realized the danger posed by ISIS, especially after the broadcasting of their vicious tactics.
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