Army Arrests Two Terror Suspects in Arsal Special Operation

The Lebanese Shiite militant Hezbollah movement announced on Friday morning that it was launching a military operation against the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham terrorist group (formerly known as al-Nusra Front, banned in Russia) on the Lebanese-Syrian border in the mountainous region of Aarsal.It pointed that the Hezbollah fighters crossed the demarcation line with the militants on the outskirts of Arsal and advanced towards Wadi al-Oueini and Wadi al-Zaarour while the Syrian army crossed the line and advanced towards al-Qalamoun and Flita.The Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah and the Syrian regime forces launched an offensive on Friday to clear militants from an area of the Syrian-Lebanese frontier, a commander in the alliance fighting in support of regime leader Bashar al Assad said.Hariri’s comments to parliament were carried by the state-run National News Agency on Tuesday.It is unclear whether Hezbollah will engage in the military operation but the Lebanese prime minister has insisted that the Lebanese army should be the only force fighting in the battle.Thousands of Syrian refugees live in the area, which is outside the Lebanese town of Arsal and straddles the Lebanese-Syrian border.The operation has been anticipated for several weeks, and comes after Lebanese soldiers carrying out raids on Syrian refugee camps in the area were met with suicide bombings and a grenade attack.The Lebanese army has also enhanced its deployment on the outskirts of Arsal town to prevent militants from fleeing into Lebanon, a Lebanese security source said.Hariri however said “there is no coordination between the Lebanese and Syrian armies”.The Arsal area was hardly hit by the spillover of the Syria crisis in 2014, when the militants managed to overrun the town for a brief period.