The Army has stepped up patrols around Arsal after repeated incidents of violence recently. (The Daily Star/File/Lebanese Army Website, HO)
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The Lebanese Army continued patrols through the weekend that began Friday near the border with Syria in search of gunmen and terror suspects, the sources said.The Lebanese Army Friday arrested six Syrian terror suspects during the raids in the Bekaa Valley.The security sources said the Army operations were stepped up in the wake of increased killings and kidnappings in the area, in addition to worries that the advance of Sunni jihadists in Iraq affiliated with the extremist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) will galvanize extremists in Lebanon and boost their morale.Two Syrian camps in the border town of Arsal – a favorite refuge spot for fighters coming from Syria – are currently under the close watch of the Lebanese Army, the source added.A security source told The Daily Star that the crackdown in the hills and valleys surrounding Arsal and the Syrian border coincided with the Syrian army shelling the areas on its side of the border. While the Lebanese and Syrian military are not directly coordinating their operations on the border, both are cooperating with Hezbollah.
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