Lebanese Army soldiers in Arsal. (REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah)
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The Lebanese Army continued to repel attempts by Syria-based militants to infiltrate Lebanese territories in search for safe havens after the military succeeded last week in regaining two strategic hills in northeast Lebanon. The Army Sunday foiled an infiltration attempt by jihadi militants near the northeastern town of Arsal, a security source said. The Army chief vowed last week to crush Syria-based jihadis threatening to destabilize Lebanon, as troops geared up for possible retaliatory attacks by militants in response to their expulsion from two key positions on the northeastern border with Syria, a senior military official said.The Army commander traveled to Ras Baalbek Friday along with Defense Minister Samir Moqbel to meet with troops in what was seen as a morale-boosting visit to Army units deployed around the mainly Christian town and other areas near the border with Syria.
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