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Lebanese Army cracks down on terror in Bekaa Valley

Lebanese army soldiers guard two suspected Jihadists, captured following clashes in the northeastern town of Arsal in the Bekaa valley, as they drive through the village of Labweh in the Baalbek district on August 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID

BEIRUT: The Army’s crackdown on terror swept through the Suweiri village in the Bekaa Valley Thursday, where six suspects were detained for involvement with terrorist groups. The military’s measures came after clashes broke out between militant groups and soldiers in the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal earlier in the day.

The Army detained Lebanese national Mohammad Barakat on suspicion of being affiliated to the Nusra Front, after images of Barakat battling alongside Nusra rebels were found by Army intelligence, a source told The Daily Star.

Barakat is also wanted for assaulting soldiers and for several other security breaches in the village of Suweiri.

The Army’s crackdown on terrorist suspects also spread to a nearby refugee camp, where five Syrians were detained for alleged allegiance to terrorist groups.

The military was bombarding militant positions in Aqabat al-Jurd Thursday afternoon, hours after the military shelled hideouts in Wadi Hmeid, Wadi Zaarour and Aqabit Nouh, in the deep highlands of Arsal, security sources said.

The sources said Hezbollah also fired rockets from Miqraq and Zabboud, near the Bekaa Valley town of Labweh, on the same militant positions overnight. There was no immediate word on casualties.

Heavy clashes broke out after midnight between Hezbollah fighters backed by Syrian regime forces and rebels, according to the sources, who said the fighting centered in Lebanese territory facing the Syrian border town of Flita.





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