File - A Lebanese soldier from the 2nd land Border Regiment looks out over the rugged mountains of north east Lebanon from an observation post above the Bekaa Valley town of Qaaa. July 22, 2014.
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A reported clash Tuesday night near a Palestinian base in the mountains above the Bekaa Valley village of Qousaya appears to have been the latest probe by Syrian militants to look for weak points along Lebanon's eastern border with Syria.The Army has significantly improved its defensive posture in the Arsal area since early August, when the town was briefly overrun by Syrian militants.The Army is not alone in preparing defenses along the western flank of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range. Hezbollah has divided the territory into numbered operational sectors and built a chain of fortified outposts on mountain tops to protect Shiite villages in the Bekaa Valley and to try and block the passage of Syrian militants between Arsal and rebel-held areas of Qalamoun. One possibility is to launch a second assault against Arsal in the hope that they can overcome the Army's new defenses and occupy the town for at least as long as winter lasts. But they would probably have to mobilize a considerably larger force than the 500 to 700 militants who stormed Arsal in August. The Army would see them coming but it is doubtful that it could mobilize troops quickly enough to stop the militants bursting out into the Bekaa Valley.Two weeks ago, Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi told France's Le Figaro newspaper that the militants in Arsal sought to open up a route across north Lebanon to the coast.
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