File - Lebanese army soldiers from the special forces unit patrol Al-Qaa, a predominantly Christian village near the Syrian border were suicide bombers blow themselves among civilians on Monday, eastern Lebanon, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (AP Photo)
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The Lebanese Army came under rocket attack by Daesh (ISIS) in northeast Lebanon Monday, prompting soldiers to hit back with considerable force, hours after President Michel Aoun called for a Tuesday meeting of the Higher National Defense Council.One week has passed since the Army warned of a looming offensive to crush the presence of Daesh extremists in Lebanon and push them outside of the country's borders.No injuries were reported from the LebaneseArmy, but Daesh suffered multiple casualties, military sources said.A source told The Daily Star that the offensive against Daesh is not expected to start before Wednesday.The servicemen are still missing after being kidnapped by Daesh in 2014, after extremists overran Arsal, in Lebanon's northeast. Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said preparations by the Army were ongoing ahead of the highly anticipated battles.Sunday, Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf said the Army did not and would not need the assistance of anyone in its battle against Daesh.
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