Troops mount an Army vehicle in Arsal. (The Daily Star, Hasan Shaaban)
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The Lebanese Army push in the past two days to seize a key high point east of Ras Baalbek strengthens the defensive line protecting populated areas of the northern Bekaa and comes ahead of possible early summer offensives mounted either by militant groups holed up along the border with Syria or by the Army itself.The action of the past two days has seen the Army capture an adjacent mountain top on a ridge 1.5 kilometers northeast of Tallet al-Hamra where some militants had been holed up. The seizure of the mountain safeguards Tallet al-Hamra, pushes the militants further to the east and also allows the Army to dominate the ground to the north, which includes Wadi Rafeq, midway between Ras Baalbek and Al-Qaa. The latest moves by the Army come amid renewed speculation that ISIS and the Nusra Front, Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate, could be planning to launch an offensive when the weather improves to seize one or more villages in northeast Bekaa.Even if they were successful in breaching the Army's defensive lines and seizing a village, they would quickly find themselves besieged and under attack.Their supply line back to the border area would also be vulnerable to attack by the Army.
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