Lebanese soldiers exit the town of Arsal near the Syrian border on August 5, 2014, on the fourth day of fierce fighting against Islamist militants in the area. AFP PHOTO / STR
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Lebanon is planning to seek military assistance from brotherly and friendly states in its war against terrorism, following last week's outbreak of fighting between the Army and Islamist militants in the Bekaa Valley town of Arsal, ministerial sources said Tuesday.Following the Cabinet meeting, a ministerial source close to Prime Minister Tammam Salam said the government was dealing with the Arsal fighting, which has left 16 soldiers and more than 50 militants dead in four days, at both the political and military levels.At the political level, while the government has staunchly rejected negotiations with terrorists, it has decided to approach Arab and foreign countries seeking military assistance for the Army in its battle against the militants, the source said.The source underlined the need for taking precautionary measures concerning the presence of more than 1 million Syrian refugees spread in areas across Lebanon following calls for organizing this presence by building camps for the refugees.
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