BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army will play a bigger role in the looming offensive against Daesh militants in the Ras Baalbek and al-Qaa regions, Speaker Nabih Berri said to a group of visitors on Sunday.
He deemed Arsal outskirts operation a great achievement, but warned that in no way did it signify that the border region was fully safe.
“Daesh militants still lurk in Baalbek and al-Qaa. They are positioned in an area more than two times in size than that of Al-Nusra [currently known as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham]. In my opinion, the battle must continue to liberate this area,” Berri added, foreseeing a bigger Army role in this offensive.
But Berri also anticipated an easier battle in Ras Baalbek.
"Al-Nusra area was geographically tougher than that of Ras Baalbek, not to mention the presence of some refugee encampments near the battle zone in Arsal outskirts, which made the offensive even more difficult,” he said. “The biggest part of the danger was having militants enter camps in Arsal, but now this danger has been eliminated.”