Lebanese army finds 50 bodies as it advances in border town


Lebanese army soldiers patrol the border town of Arsal in an armored vehicle.
Lebanese army soldiers patrol the border town of Arsal in an armored vehicle.
Lebanese soldiers in armored vehicles advanced into a border town that was attacked by Islamists in an incursion from Syria at the weekend, finding the bodies of 50 militants, a Lebanese security official said.

The army kept up an artillery bombardment of Arsal, a Sunni town by the border, Reuters witnesses said.

At least 13 Lebanese soldiers have been killed in the fighting, which erupted after the Lebanese security forces arrested a militant Islamist leader on Saturday.

Another 13 soldiers are missing, along with an unspecified number of policeman, with army chief General Jean Kahwaji saying Sunday that the troops might have been taken hostage.

The violence is the worst in the area since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict in 2011.

Arsal is majority Sunni Muslim and broadly sympathetic to the Sunni-dominated uprising next door against Syria’s Bashar Assad has a population of 40,000 but is hosting 3 times as many Syrian refugees .

Nearly 1 in 3 residents of Lebanon, a country of 4 million is a Syrian refugee
who are creating strains on local resources and tensions with the Lebanese population in some areas.

Hariri defends army’s role
Former Lebanese Prime Minister and Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri ( a Sunni Muslim) defended the Lebanese Army’s role , in trying to liberate Arsal from the Islamist militant groups .

“There is no place for the Takfiri and terrorist organizations, and there will be no leniency with its destructive mission, which is alien to the people of moderation and tolerance,” Hariri said in an interview by Al-Hayat newspaper published Monday.

Hariri said that the Lebanese Army and Internal Security Forces are red lines to the Future Movement, which has a strategic and fixed stand toward Takfiri groups.

But many analysts blame Hezbollah for the violence in Arsal. According to some analysts Hezbollah, which is helping the Syrian regime in its fight against the mostly Sunni rebels is slowly but surely trying to drag the Lebanese army into the Syrian conflict by using it as its shield against the radical Islamist terrorists which could have very serious consequences for Lebanon.

The majority of Sunnis in Lebanon are considered moderate and do not support radical Islamic movements such as the Al Qaeda linked groups or the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group.

Salam calls for unity on Arsal
Prime Minister Tammam Salam who, like hariri is a Sunni Muslim called for the release of hostages taken by Syrian Islamic militants and said he hoped for a unified stance in an extraordinary cabinet session scheduled for Monday.

“The state’s conditions in the negotiations between the militants in Arsal and the army are clear,” Salam told Al-Mustaqbal newspaper in an interview published on Monday.

“First and foremost the militants must withdraw from Lebanese territory and release the Internal Security Forces and Lebanese Armed Forces hostages.”

He went on to say that he hopes ministers will present a united front during the Monday’s cabinet session



22 responses to “Lebanese army finds 50 bodies as it advances in border town”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    “an extraordinary cabinet session scheduled for Monday.” … would be one where they all agree on something FOR Lebanon. THAT would be extraordinary.

    1. MekensehParty Avatar

      Like some UNIFIL on the border?

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Geezz Mekenseh .. you want some folks who were trained to be nice in the middle of it again??

        1. MekensehParty Avatar

          I was being sarcastic
          That’s what the M-farteen are trying to get from that mess
          a blue band aid for a wound as big as a country

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            And I was with you 😉

  2. Igor Chingoski Avatar
    Igor Chingoski

    Lebanese People! Remember Al Fatah l Islam in Naher L Baroudi, see who is behind this attacks, I trust in the Lebanese Army’s strength and courage to kill the dogs that carry the rabies, once this dog is dead the rabies will end! don’t forget that the Al Fatah is a proxy of Israel they are a tool to destroy Lebanon as part of an international conspiracy to destroy all Lebanese Inhabitants, the Jewish Torah has a paragraph that says “all ground that Your feet touches is Yours to keep because those who inhabit that land are guests under eviction but they don’t know” See? this is the way it works for them, You already have Historic proof of that, is as harmful and extremist as the 3 laws of Islam,
    1. convert
    2. or pay a hight tribute
    3. keep fighting or be executed.
    For the Jewish Torah is either “Go away and loose Your land or be exterminated”

  3. Fauzia45 Avatar

    ^To drag the army into the Syrian^ conflict would be a great danger and would result in a great disaster!Let s hope it never happens!!!!

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar

    A question from a commenter on a BBC story …..

    “I don’t claim to understand the religio-political aspects of these ferocious cultural clashes which, as in the break-up of Yugoslavia, always seem to involve a shocking degree of cruelty and destruction. What I would like to understand is something much more basic; how do the people manage to live? Here in the UK, we worry desperately about productivity, about days lost to strikes, sickness, unemployment and so on, yet countries like Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt and now Iraq, seem to function where nobody goes to work. Or is this just the view the press gives? Are there, in fact, millions of Iraqis, Egyptians, Afghans etc all struggling to work every day, maintaining their livelihoods and their countries’ economies in the face of seemingly impossibly adverse conditions?”

    Should we tell him they don’t live?

  5. 5thDrawer Avatar

    ISIS – The 7 foot tall female wrestler … Probable reason they changed the name to IS.
    They didn’t have the ‘rights’ to ISIS. :-))))

    1. sweetvirgo Avatar


      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Yah .. some of us guys said that too. 😉

    2. Anti ISIS Avatar
      Anti ISIS

      5th, I think that might be Barabie. Just a wild guess.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Well … the promos say she took on three guys at the same time and beat them. :-)))
        But no … the boobs are NOT the same. 😉

  6. MekensehParty Avatar

    What a vague news
    So they found 50 bodies? Were they killed by the army or were the bodies just there?
    Are they all fanatics? Any civilian among them or is this how they call all arsalians now?
    How many civilians have been killed so far and how?
    Why is there a total blackout in the news about what’s going on on the ground?
    Lebanese news outlets are hardly giving any reliable accounts, the army throws vague news like the above, a wounded sheikh that went in to discuss peace has been shot at from “unknown” sources, obviously someone does not want a peaceful solution…
    And of course the Lebanese are totally hubristic…

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      BBC had better info … 😉 Or Hind’s ‘French Connection’ .. :-))

  7. Leborigine Avatar

    Hey 5th, is that you??

    I think this guy has got your sense of humour towards HA


    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Nope … not me. But I like the facial expressions. 😉 A slight emulation of John Stewart ….

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