This YouTube grab allegedly shows Hezbollah fighters on the outskirts of Arsal. (The Daily Star/YouTube)
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Hezbollah fighters Wednesday seized 15 positions on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal after killing at least 11 militants, a security source said, in the party's first phase assault to expel jihadis from the area.Hezbollah fighters captured the militants' positions on the northern and southern outskirts of Arsal along the porous mountain range on Syria's western border, the source told The Daily Star. That position overlooks the areas of Al-Rahwe, Wadi al-Khayl and Wadi Atneen, allowing Hezbollah to target militant bases in the southern portion of the town's outskirts.Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched an offensive in Qalamoun early last month, capturing dozens of militant bases and driving the jihadis north toward Arsal's outskirts.ISIS and Nusra Front militants briefly overran Arsal last August, sparking a five-day battle with the Lebanese Army that left dozens dead.
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