A Shiite sheikh watches Nasrallah speaking on television in Nabatieh in southern Lebanon. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho
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Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Friday it was a matter of a few days before the Lebanese Army launches a major battle to evict Daesh (ISIS) militants from the outskirts of the towns of Ras Baalbeck and Al-Qaa, in the second and final phase of clearing Lebanon's northeastern border from terrorists. Declaring that Hezbollah was ready to fight alongside the Army against Daesh if it was asked by the military command, Nasrallah also offered the extremist group the choice of either negotiations for a peaceful pullout of the area, or facing a confrontation that has gained nationwide support from the Lebanese people. Nasrallah said that Hezbollah and the Syrian army will attack Daesh from the Syrian side of the border.There is a final and firm decision on the Syrian side, while there is a full-fledged national Lebanese unanimity [against Daesh] on the Lebanese side for the first time".He added that Daesh would be fighting a losing battle if it chose to confront the Lebanese Army.
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