Lebanese Troops in Fierce Battle With Jihadists Over Key Border Town

ISIS, Nusra Fighters Retain Control Over Key Town on Syria Border

Lebanese military reinforcements have arrived at the Syrian border today, moving into the town of Arsal, which remains under control of fighters loyal to Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS.

Lebanese officials say that there was no deal possible with the Syrian rebel factions, and that they are determined to retake the important border town. Yet days of fighting haven’t gone well for them.

The Lebanese Army now reports 14 of its fighters have been killed, 86 wounded, and at least 22 others are missing and presumed captured by the Islamist factions.

The UN Security Council expressed serious concern about the spillover from the Syrian Civil War into Lebanon, but this is not the first time that the war has spilled into Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, nor is it likely to be the last.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.