Lebanon claims ‘victory’ over terror near Syria border

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, August 30, 2017
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Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Wednesday announced his country’s “victory over terrorism” following a 10-day army campaign against Daesh terrorists holed up near the Syrian border.

Earlier Wednesday, Lebanese Army Commander General Joseph Aoun (no relation) officially announced the successful completion of the Lebanese army’s Operation Fajr al-Juroud.

He described the operation, which was first launched last week, as “a decisive victory against terrorism — one that succeeded in expelling Daesh from the border towns of Ras Baalebek and Al-Qaa”.

At a press conference convened in Beirut with the army commander and Defense Minister Yacoub Sarraf, President Aoun congratulated the army on its achievements and honored the “martyrs who fell during the campaign”.

On Aug. 19, the Lebanese army launched a wide-ranging campaign to purge Daesh terrorists from mountainous areas near the Syrian border.

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