Feb 2, 2013 photo, a general view of Arsal, a Sunni Muslim town in eastern Lebanon near the Syrian border. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Airborne troops conducted thorough searches along the eastern mountain range bordering Syria Wednesday, as part of measures to curb infiltration of the porous border by gunmen and arms.In April, Syrian forces backed by allied fighters from Hezbollah retook control of most of the Qalamoun region.But Syrian activists say hundreds of opposition fighters have taken refuge in the caves and hills in the border area, using it as a rear base from which to launch attacks inside Syria.
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