Hezbollah supporters listen to the speech of Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah during a ceremony in Aita Shaab, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Hezbollah officials downplayed threats posed by ISIS on Lebanon's security Tuesday, arguing that the Lebanese Army and the party's armed resistance were capable of crushing the militants.MP Mohammad Raad, who heads Hezbollah's Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc in Parliament, said that ISIS was seeking to ignite sectarian strife in Lebanon by manipulating the issue of the captive security personnel. At least 29 personnel went missing during last month's clashes in Arsal between the Army and militants from ISIS and Nusra Front who have demanded that the government release Islamist detainees held in Roumieh Prison in exchange. The militants are believed to be still holding 22 captives after five were freed and two were decapitated at the hands of ISIS militants.
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