A picture taken on August 17, 2017, during a tour guided by the Lebanese army, shows soldiers holding a position in a mountainous area near the eastern town of Ras Baalbek during an operation against jihadist fighters. / AFP / STRINGER
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After weeks of preparation, the Lebanese Army is set to launch within hours an offensive against Daesh (ISIS) militants entrenched on the outskirts of two border towns, a security source told The Daily Star Friday.In a sign that the Army's offensive was imminent, Prime Minister Saad Hariri met with Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Joseph Aoun at the premier's Downtown Beirut residence.Discussions focused on the security situation in the country, especially in the northern Bekaa Valley, where the Army has been carrying out near daily bombings of Daesh outposts.The Army was given the all clear to attack when ready by the Higher Defense Council on Aug. 8 .The Army has been pounding Daesh positions using a modern array of equipment and armaments provided by the United States.
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