This appears to be the closest the war in Syria has gotten to Lebanon in 3 years.
It’s getting closer
11 soldiers, 30 militants killed in east Lebanon
Isn’t that town inside Lebanon, that would make it inside, not just close.
think it’s around 10 miles from Syria, but there isn’t much else between the two, pretty wide open area.
So is Lebanon the next country on the list to conquer?
Lebanese army saying it will have complete control of Arsal in 48 hours. Reports close to 70 killed in a town of around 60.000.
Arsal Fighting Enters Third Day as Army Seizes Control of Technical School [naharnet.com/stories/en/141766-arsal-fighting-enters-third-day-as-army-seizes-control-of-technical-school](http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/141766-arsal-fighting-enters-third-day-as-army-seizes-control-of-technical-school)
ISIS commander killed in Arsal clashes: report dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Aug-05/266148-isis-commander-killed-in-arsal-clashes-report.ashx#axzz39XUpg3aH
and it's repercussions are being felt in Tripoli [naharnet.com/stories/en/141887-child-dies-troops-injured-in-tripoli-clashes](http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/141887-child-dies-troops-injured-in-tripoli-clashes)
Lebanon has a stronger Christian presence than Syria or Iraq.
Also, Hezbollah is in Lebanon is Shiite, and they are enemies of the ISIS. They’ll aid the Lebanese government to help insure ISIS doesn’t get a stronghold there.
Evening Lull Violated in Arsal after Accord Reached on Withdrawal of Gunmen, Release of Soldiers in Captivity naharnet.com/stories/en/141881-evening-lull-violated-in-arsal-after-accord-reached-on-withdrawal-of-gunmen-release-of-soldiers-in-captivity Getting scarier for Lebanon
from he article
And the state-run National News Agency said some leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant erected checkpoints late in the evening inside the Bekaa region and prevented residents from leaving the areas despite the “truce.” Now we have ISIL setting up checkpoints in Lebanon ?
Deal reached: ISIS to leave Arsal, soldiers to be released dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Aug-06/266224-large-numbers-of-militants-withdraw-from-arsal-official.ashx
Local residents near Arsal have blocked a humanitarian aid convoy, fearing it may fall into the hands of ISIL and the Al-Nusra Front dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Aug-07/266331-residents-of-labweh-prevent-aid-convoy-from-reaching-arsalis.ashx#axzz39eHkIn4P
Some good news out of Lebanon this morning. The multi-religious Lebanese army has routed ISIL and driven them out of Arsal killing 67 of them in the process dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Aug-07/266344-seven-lebanese-policemen-freed-in-arsal-security-source.ashx
Hopefully they will be pursued relentlessly and finished off.
Report: Islamist Gunmen Infiltrate Arsal, Assault Residents naharnet.com/stories/en/144635-report-islamist-gunmen-infiltrate-arsal-assault-residents Look’s like this is going to be round 2 for Arsal, which is only 7.4 miles from the Syrian border.
And along with that Lebanon also faces
Nusra Threatens Force to Free Prisoners, Says Troops Fate at Stake if Hizbullah Attacks Qalamun naharnet.com/stories/en/144689-nusra-threatens-force-to-free-prisoners-says-troops-fate-at-stake-if-hizbullah-attacks-qalamun
I hope and pray that Lebanon is not drawn into this horrendous war.
According to al-Jadeed television, Arsal's outskirts are currently witnessing artillery shelling and fierce clashes. AND Earlier, media reports said an army post came under attack by militants from the IS and al-Qaida-affiliated al-Nusra Front in the al-Rahweh region.
Heavy fighting ensued as MTV said rocket-propelled grenades were used in the fighting.naharnet.com/stories/en/145093-soldier-missing-another-hurt-in-clashes-with-jihadists-in-arsal-plains
So it would appear that ISIS and Al-Nusra Front both have fighters inside of Lebanon at this moment.
And now ISIS is claiming to have beheaded one of the captive Lebanese soldiers dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Aug-28/268872-isis-said-to-behead-army-soldier.ashx#axzz3Bi7UcW2D
ISIS threatens to slaughter nine soldiers dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Aug-30/269044-isis-threatens-to-slaughter-nine-soldiers.ashx#axzz3BoyGHnny
BEIRUT: ISIS allegedly threatened in a new video Friday to slaughter nine Lebanese soldiers it is holding within three days unless the government acted to release Islamist detainees held in Roumieh prison.