A soldier was killed and eight others were wounded in clashes with extremist fighters on the outskirts of Lebanon's northeastern border, a security source told The Daily Star Thursday.
The source said that clashes ignited at dawn when Daesh attacked army posts on the outskirts of Wadi Rafeq, midway between Ras Baalbek and Al-Qaa. The military was on alert, having previously obtained information on the imminent attack.
The army, accompanied by helicopters, later managed to take control of a hilltop in the area, known as Tallet 46, inflicting heavy losses on the extremist group's ranks.
The Army operates a string of bases and observation posts in the area, from Naamat on the northern border to just south of Arsal, providing a strong defensive line against the militants in the mountains to the east.
There are an estimated 3,000 militants in the northeastern mountain chain, most of whom are either affiliated with Daesh, which is mainly deployed opposite Ras Baalbek, or with the Nusra Front, which operates further south, across from Arsal.
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