Hezbollah deputy head Sheikh Naim Qassem speaks during a ceremony in the south Lebanon village of Kawthariyat al-Siyad, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Zaatari)
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Hezbollah deputy head Sheikh Naim Qassem Sunday said the Syrian government and its allies were gradually gaining control over more territory in the war-torn country, declaring that the "takfiri" plan for the region was doomed.ISIS declared its own emirate in eastern Syrian and western Iraq back in 2014 when it took over large swathes of territory, proclaiming the Syrian city of Raqqa as its de-facto capital.Hezbollah announced one year earlier that it was fighting alongside the Syrian army against rebels in the country. Hezbollah's candidate for the country's top post is Free Patriotic Movement founder Michel Aoun, who is also backed by the Lebanese Forces.
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