Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil attends the opening session of the Arab League Foreign Ministers' meeting in Kuwait City on March 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT
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Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil appealed Monday for immediate military support for the Lebanese Army, which is battling a group of Takfiri militants from Syria in the eastern Bekaa border town of Arsal.The fighting in Arsal -- which the chief of the Lebanese Army, Gen. Jean Kahwagi, described as premeditated -- broke out over the weekend after the Army arrested a notorious member of Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, Imad Ahmad Jomaa, and has so far claimed the lives of 13 soldiers and at least 40 militants, heightening fears Lebanon could be dragged further into the Syrian war.Bassil charged that Israeli terrorism and that of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are two sides of the same coin.
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