Lebanese soldiers deploy in Arsal, Friday, May 29, 2015. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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The Lebanese Army is ready to liberate the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal from jihadi militants once political cover and logistical support is secured, a senior military official said Friday.Hezbollah, currently fighting alongside the Syrian Army against Islamist militants in the border region of Qalamoun, has warned that its fighters would drive jihadis out of Arsal's outskirts if the state failed to do so.The source said no one can push the Army into the conflict.The source said that the battle with the jihadis on Arsal's outskirts was not inevitable.The Army received the first shipment in April.Commenting on the political bickering over security appointments which threatens to leave the post of Army commander in vacuum, the source described the Army commander as "the man at the helm". The source said the Army would try to continue functioning normally if a new Army commander is not appointed, with an officer holding the post as an acting commander.
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