A picture taken on August 17, 2017, during a tour guided by the Lebanese army, shows soldiers firing towards jihadist militants from recently captured positions, in a mountainous area near Baalbek. AFP / STR
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Residents of the northeastern towns of Ras Baalbeck and Al-Qaa have been doing their utmost to support Lebanese Army servicemen as the nearby offensive against Daesh (ISIS) rages on, the mayors of both towns said Sunday. Both towns have been negatively affected by the presence of Daesh militants on their outskirts and the unstable security situation it causes, meaning local officials welcomed the Army's long-anticipated offensive to oust the militants.Army Commander Gen. Joseph Aoun was welcomed at the military kitchen Sunday during his visit to the area to inspect units deployed in the area and tour positions the Army had seized from Daesh.As in Ras Baalbeck, Matar said that the residents of Al-Qaa had been heading to the central kitchen to help feed the troops.
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