Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri provides the Army with "definite" political cover in its struggle against militants in Arsal, east Lebanon. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Tuesday endorsed the Cabinet's stance toward the Arsal clashes, while rejecting the extremist groups' use of Hezbollah's fighting in Syria as excuse to attack Lebanon.However, Hariri clarified that his support to the Army's struggle against the militants did not imply support for Hezbollah fighting inside Syria against the same or similar groups.Hariri supported the unanimous Cabinet decision to dismiss any political solution to the conflict, stressing that the military victory and expelling the militants from Lebanese territory was the only way possible to end the Arsal battle.At least 14 Army soldiers have been killed, 67 wounded and 22 gone missing so far in the Army fighting against armed groups, mostly coming from Syria, with the rebel Nusra Front suspected of having a dominant role.
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