Lebanon Army Strikes Militant Positions near Syria

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Lebonan
Monday, 16 March 2015

The Lebanese army pounded militant hideouts along the border with crisis-stricken Syria after being tipped off about suspicious movements by Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists in the area.

On Sunday, Lebanese troops fired several artillery rounds at militant positions on the outskirts of the village of Ras Baalbek, located 124 kilometers (77 miles) Northeast of the capital, Beirut, press tv reported.

Lebanon’s army recaptured the two hilltop positions overlooking the village last month after driving Takfiri militants out of the area. Shortly afterwards, an officer and four troops were lightly to moderately wounded when a rocket fired by militants struck near their vehicle.

The Al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and the Takfiri ISIL militants overran the town of Arsal, situated 124 kilometers (77 miles) Northeast of Beirut, in August, killing and capturing more than three dozen soldiers and security forces. They have executed at least three of the hostages.

The Takfiri terrorists demand the release of a number of militants in Lebanese jails in exchange for the captive Lebanese soldiers and policemen.

Over the past months, Lebanon has been suffering from terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants as well as random rocket attacks, which are viewed as a spillover of the conflict in Syria.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011 with foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists currently controlling swathes of land mostly in the East and North.

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