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ree groups launching new offensives against IS on Saturday. But Lebanon is making it clear it's fighting alone. The Lebanese army, the Shia group, Hezbollah, and Syria, all waging war against IS in an enclave on the Syrian-Lebanese border. Lebanon's army released this footage of Saturday's offensive. The operation got underway at 5 AM local time targeting IS positions near the town of Ras Baalbek.
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The army using everything at its disposal, rockets, artillery and helicopters, over an area that is the last part of the border under insurgent control.>>
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> Hezbollah also announced via its TV channel Al-Manar its own assault from the Syrian side of the frontier. The group, which is backed by Iran, says it is fighting side by side with the Syrian army, who it has decisively supported in Syria's bloody civil war.
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Hezbollah makes no mention of the Lebanese military operation, but its involvement in Syria has sharpened sectarian tensions at home. And Lebanon's army general Ali Kanso also emphasized that military efforts are separate.>> There is no coordination, not with Hezbollah, nor the Syrian army.>> Any joint operation between its army on the one hand and Hezbollah and the Syrian army on the other would be politically sensitive in a typically divided Lebanon.
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It could also jeopardize the sizeable military aid Beirut receives from the US, and create tension with Lebanon's Gulf Arab neighbors, who last year declared Hezbollah a terrorist group.