Hezbollah Claims It Killed ISIS Commander in Lebanon

After a number of suicide attacks hit the border region between Lebanon and Syria, Hezbollah blamed ISIS for the attacks.

A Hezbollah fighter stands guard as Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah delivers a speech in the southern town of Nabatiyeh, Lebanon, Sunday, May 24, 2015.
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The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah says it has killed the Islamic State military commander for the Qaa border area in Lebanon, where a series of suicide bombings and other attacks killed five people earlier this week.

Hezbollah's media outlet Al-Manar said the group, which shares security responsibilities with the Lebanese army in areas along the eastern border with Syria, killed a commander known as Abu Khatab in a rocket attack. The army did not release any comment.

Hezbollah, which also participates in Lebanon's government, has blamed the Qaa attacks on ISIS.

Lebanese army patrol in front a church in Qaa, a predominantly Lebanese Christian village only few hundred meters (yards) away from the Syrian border, eastern Lebanon, Monday, June 27, 2016.
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Violence from neighboring Syria's civil war has spilled across the border in the past. Islamic State and Al-Qaida militants briefly seized the Lebanese border town of Arsal in 2014, before security forces pushed them back across the frontier.