An image grab taken from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV on July 26, 2017 shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite movement Hezbollah, giving a televised address from an undisclosed location in Lebanon. "AFP PHOTO / AL-MANAR TV"
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Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said that there was still time for Daesh (ISIS) to negotiate surrender before the Lebanese Army launches an offensive against the group near Ras Baalbeck, with Hezbollah and the Syrian army attacking from the Syrian side of the border.Speaking Friday in the wake of a successful Hezbollah offensive against Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – formerly the Al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front -- militants in the outskirts of the northeast border town of Arsal, Nasrallah said the Lebanese Army would liberate the territory from Daesh and that his party would follow the Army's lead in the offensive. As for the reason the Army did not lead the Arsal battle, Nasrallah said politics held back military action.Nasrallah said he hoped that the Army would be victorious in the anticipated offensive and that it would have as few casualties as possible.The Lebanese will stand behind the Army and will offer all the support," Nasrallah said.He emphasized that there is still a chance for Daesh militants to engage in negotiations to avoid the battle, highlighting that Army soldiers are still held captive by Daesh. Army servicemen were captured by Daesh in 2014 when the group briefly overran Arsal.
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