The Independent's British correspondent on the Middle East Robert Fisk says the Lebanese Army's clashes with militants in Arsal were "almost inevitable." (The Daily Star)
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The Independent's Middle East correspondent described Arsal's clashes as the start of a mini-civil war, the result of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's expansion toward Lebanese territory."The savage fighters of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's Sunni Muslim "caliphate" have at last arrived in Lebanon," said Robert Fisk, in an analysis published Monday.He described the violent clashes in Arsal, that have so far claimed the lives of 16 soldiers, 12 civilians and at least 50 extremist militants, as the spark of a mini-civil war in the town.
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