Fneish: Lebanon cannot
join anti-IS alliance

BEIRUT - State Minister Mohammad Fneish voiced his suspicion in the intentions and politics of the US-led international alliance to combat the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, and said that Lebanon could not join it.


“US and its allies created and trained these takfiri movements. We have stated that Lebanon cannot be a part of an alliance led by the US,” Fneish told Al-Akhbar newspaper in remarks published Friday.


Fneish also said that Hezbollah representatives in the cabinet have voiced the party’s approval that Lebanon benefit from the international aid to address the aggressions led by Islamist jihadists, but refused to abide by any commitments, including the use of its aerial space and airports to strike the IS jihadists.


On September 11, US President Barack Obama announced his country’s commitment to wipe out IS, which declared an Islamic “caliphate” in northern Iraq and Syria, and caught the world’s attention with a string of atrocities after a lightning offensive in June.


Two conferences in Saudi Arabia’s summer capital of Jeddah and French capital Paris have since been held to build up Arab and international support from the alliance.