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Lebanon's Druze leader Walid Jumblatt speaks during a news conference at his residence in BeirutProgressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt decried the assassination threats that media reports attributed to the Islamic State group by stressing that he “depends on God and fate,” and describing the current situation as dark days of ignorance and backwardnes.

“Whatever the threat may be, be it from local or external parties, we depend on God and fate at this age,” Jumblatt said.

“In these dark days, during which the trends of ignorance and backwardness are aggravating, we are in dire need for deepening our knowledge, which alone can confront bigotry and intolerance,” he added in a clear reference to the Islamic State and extremism prevailing within the Sunni Shiite sects .

“Only through learning we can confront ignorance and only through knowledge we can fight the feeble minds and the depraved souls,” Jumblatt went on to say.

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