Lebanese army pounds militants along Syrian border

Published March 15th, 2015 - 03:00 GMT

The Lebanese army bombarbed militant hideouts on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek Sunday after spotting suspicious movement in the area, security sources said.

Sources said that soldiers used heavy artillery to fire at suspected militant movements on the Moukhairameh Mountain on the outskirts of the town of Ras Baalbek.

The troops were stationed on one of two hilltop positions that the Army seized after pushing the jihadi militants out from the area last month.

The army also launched preemptive attacks on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal.

The army has maintained a near-daily pattern of attacking militant positions on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek in a bid to repulse new possible attacks, vowing to eradicate terrorism from Lebanon.

The policy of preemptive shelling was put in place after eight soldiers, including an officer, were killed and 22 others were wounded in fierce clashes with ISIS militants on the edge of Ras Baalbek in January.

Last month, an officer and four troops were lightly to moderately wounded when a rocket fired by militants exploded near their vehicle on the outskirts of the northeastern border town.

The attack came after the army pushed the militants from two hilltop positions along the northeastern border with Syria.


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