Rival extremists fight it out on Lebanon border
In this Sunday June 19, 2016 photo, a Lebanese army soldier stand guards at one of the frontline hills where they are fighting militants, at the edge of the town of Arsal, on the Syrian border, in northeast Lebanon. (File photo)
Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham militants engaged in fierce clashes Tuesday along the northeastern Lebanese border with Syria, Hezbollah-run media reported.
The War Media Center said on its Twitter account that the clashes in the Al-Dib and Al-Khayl valleys in the northern part of Arsal's outskirts left militants dead and wounded, adding that Jabhat Fatah al-Sham managed to take over two ISIS positions.
Jabhat Fatah al-Sham was formerly known as the Nusra Front, which was affiliated to Al-Qaeda.
The two extremist groups often clash in the rugged border region, usually over land disputes.
While Jabhat Fatah al-Sham has a strong presence around Arsal, Daesh has foothold on the outskirts of the nearby town of Ras Baalbek.
The militants are targeted by the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah on a nearly daily basis to keep them at bay.