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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.
Islamic State Fighters in the Syrian al-Qalamoun region are reportedly mobilizing and moving closer to Lebanon in preparation for a battle along the country’s eastern border, Al Akhbar newspaper reported on Tuesday.

According to al-Akhbar’s Lebanese and Syrian security sources the fighters are moving “from eastern al-Qalamoun ” in preparation for a battle in the area in the spring after the snow melts.

The Lebanese army frequently clashes with the militants near the Syria border.

Islamic State and al-Qaida-affiliate al-Nusra Front gunmen are battling in Qalamoun the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah forces with support from some smaller Islamist rebel groups.

Al-Akhbar, which is closely linked to the Syrian regime and Hezbollah also reported that the first battle is expected to erupt on the outskirts of the Bekaa town of al-Qaa and the second on the outskirts of Brital, a Hezbollah stronghold.
Update: In a related development MTV reported that the army is shelling ISIS/Nusra front militant positions near Ras Baalbeck

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