Kahwagi warns that clashes in Arsal touch upon all regions in Lebanon. REUTERS/Hussam Chbaro
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Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi Sunday revealed that the clashes in northeast Lebanon were premeditated, refuting claims that the militant attack on security forces was driven by the detention of a prominent terror suspect.Speaking at a rare news conference following two days of clashes between Lebanese troops and militants in and around the Bekaa Valley village of Arsal near the border with Syria, Kahwagi vowed that the Army would continue its military operations to fight terrorism.Kahwagi also pointed out that Jomaa was surveying the area in order to put the "final touches" on the planned terrorist attack.Kahwagi affirmed that the Army would work to prevent any further spillover from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, fearing that the formation of the Islamic State across the Iraqi-Syrian borders would soon expand to the Lebanese-Syrian borders.
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