Defense Minister Samir Moqbel meets with Army commander Jean Kahwagi on Saturday, March 28, 2015.(The Daily Star/HO)
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The Army is ready to defend Lebanon's eastern borders, but an offensive against jihadis based on Arsal's outskirts requires a Cabinet decision, Defense Minister Samir Moqbel said Thursday.Moqbel said the Army has the support of the Cabinet, but its responsibilities still fall short of entering Arsal's outskirts and pushing out the jihadis.The comments come days after both Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah and Free Patriotic Movement chief Michel Aoun said the Army should liberate the area.
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