Army Destroys Nusra Post in Arsal Outskirts

A Lebanese army helicopter destroyed late Wednesday a position of al-Nusra Front on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal, the National News Agency said.

An army chopper launched an evening raid and rocketed the positions of Nusra targeting it with three rockets,NNA added.

The position was completely destroyed.

A military source told al-Joumhouria daily: “The army has monitored a large group of militants in the outskirts preparing for something. The army has bombed the positions and recorded direct hits.”

Early in August, the army retaliated to shelling from the Islamic State group on the border with Syria after destroying a Nusra post in the outskirts of Arsal.

Militants from IS and al-Nusra are entrenched in rugged areas along the undemarcated Lebanese-Syrian border and the army regularly shells their posts while Hizbullah and the Syrian army have engaged in clashes with them on the Syrian side of the border.

The two groups briefly overran the town of Arsal in August 2014 before being ousted by the army after days of deadly battles.

The retreating militants abducted more than 30 troops and policemen of whom four have been executed and nine remain in the captivity of the IS group.

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