Lebanese soldiers on top of armored vehicles in Ras Baalbeck, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Sunday the Lebanese Army celebrated the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the Fajr al-Joroud operation, which succeeded in ousting Daesh (ISIS) militants from the outskirts of towns near the northeastern border with Syria.On the morning of Aug. 19, 2017, Army commander Gen. Joseph Aoun announced the Army had launched the offensive to liberate the outskirts of the towns of Al-Qaa and Ras Baalbeck from Daesh militants.Seven soldiers were killed during the operation; afterward, the bodies of 10 soldiers who had died in the 2014 clashes were exhumed.But since the operation, even as the border towns have experienced greater security and stability, the economic situation has continued to be challenging.
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