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A Hezbollah flag hangs on yellow police tape sealing off the scene where Hassan al-Laqis, a senior commander for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, was gunned down outside his home, some two miles (three kilometers) southwest of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. In a statement, Hezbollah announced the death of al-Laqis and described him as one of the founding members of the group, suggesting he was a high-level commander close to the Shiite party’s leadership. Hezbollah blamed Israel for the killing, something officials there quickly denied. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)