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The Lebanese Army pressed ahead Monday with its campaign against Islamist militants entrenched in Arsal, regaining control of a barracks and a strategic hill overlooking the northeastern town, in a third day of ferocious fighting that threatened to further drag Lebanon into the fire next door.Troops also fought fierce clashes with militants, regaining a military barracks captured by the gunmen Sunday, security sources said.The Army added that it deployed reinforcements and strengthened its posts in the town with dozens of APCs seen entering Arsal, where thousands of militants poured last Saturday.The Army is planning to establish a defensive line to protect the eastern town from attacks from Syrian territory, a security source told The Daily Star.The Army was shelling bases in militant-controlled Al-Hosn neighborhood, the source added, and planned to settle in the area after pushing the gunmen out.The source explained that the Army was willing to go beyond Arsal in its military campaign and attack the militants' lines on the town's periphery.
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