Mustaqbal Says IS Assault Timing Should Not be 'Dictated' on Army

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Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday called for authorizing the Lebanese army to confront the terrorist Islamic State group while stressing that no one should “dictate” decisions or drag the army into an uncalculated battle.

“The bloc underscores the highly important and pioneering role of the Lebanese army in protecting the Lebanese, seeing as it is the only legitimate military institution that has the exclusive and legitimate right to possess weapons and use them to defend and protect the Lebanese,” said Mustaqbal in a statement issued after its weekly meeting.

“Al-Mustaqbal bloc underlines its firm stance in supporting the Lebanese army as it performs its national missions of protecting Lebanon and defending it against Israeli occupation and all forms of terrorism,” the bloc added.

Referring to the army's looming battle against IS militants entrenched in the outskirts of the border towns of al-Qaa and Ras Baalbek, Mustaqbal called for authorizing the army to “take the right decision in terms of modus operandi and timing,” stressing that no one should “dictate” decisions on the military institution.

The army is reportedly gearing up for a long-awaited assault to dislodge hundreds of IS militants from the border region, seeking to end a years-long threat posed to neighboring towns and villages by the extremists.

The campaign might involve cooperation with Hizbullah and the Syrian army on the other side of the border -- although Lebanese authorities insist they are not coordinating with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

In a televised speech last Friday, Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that once the Lebanese army launches its offensive from the Lebanese side, Hizbullah and the Syrian army will begin their attack from the Syrian side. He added that there has to be coordination between the Syrian and Lebanese armies in the battle.

"There is a final decision" to launch an offensive against IS, Nasrallah said.

The planned army operation follows a six-day military offensive by Hizbullah that forced al-Qaida-linked fighters to flee the area on the outskirts of the border town of Arsal, along with thousands of civilians.

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Thumb Knight 2 months

Mustaqbal Says IS Assault Timing Should Not be 'Dictated' on Army

it has already been dictated upon you, the army and the Lebanese by hezbollah.

Thumb Mystic 2 months

If it stood to you people, the Army should never engage the Salafis.

Well good thing we have the Resistance to speed things up.

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"Lebanon must not be allowed to become a battleground between the army and groups affiliated with al Qaeda. Are you willing to fight the wars of others inside Lebanon?" Hassan Nasrallah May 25, 2007

Thumb rocococo 2 months

@rocococcunt Reported for vulgarity and impersonation.

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"The preservation of the army's prestige cannot be by pushing the army into a battle whose repercussions and perils we know. It goes without saying that an investigation into the incident should be initiated to see how these incidents started, who made decisions because there is much talk in al directions and there were many question marks in the country and I do not want to judge people. If I want to be fair, an investigation committee must be formed and the issue scrutinized to determine what has taken place, at whose orders and request did this take place, which is the party that benefits and who started the battle so that we may pinpoint the objectives of the battle. Hassan Nasrallah May 25, 2007

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"Lebanon must not be allowed to become a battleground between the army and groups affiliated with al Qaeda. Are you willing to fight the wars of others inside Lebanon?" Hassan Nasrallah May 25, 2007

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Are we interested in opening a struggle arena with Al-Qaeda in Lebanon? This conflict will also attract elements and fighters from all corners of the world to Lebanon to fight the Lebanese army and the Lebanese security forces and the other Lebanese. This will begin as a struggle with Al-Qaeda but we do not know where this will lead us or where will it end. Hassan Nasrallah May 25, 2007

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 2 months

"The planned army operation follows a six-day military offensive by Hizbullah that forced al-Qaida-linked fighters to flee the area on the outskirts of the border town of Arsal, along with thousands of civilians."

The operation that led to a divine victory was 2 days and not six days. As to fleeing, Nusra left like VIPs escorted out under hezbollah protection and had their prisoners freed from Lebanese jails.

Thumb justin 2 months

According to Hezbollah's propaganda machine it was six years and was divine.