U.S. demining assistance fosters security and economic development in wake of Lebanese military defeat of Islamic extremists in Arsal


SUMMARY: Between 2014 and 2017, violent extremist groups operating in Syria, including ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, occupied small swaths of remote terrain in the Arsal municipality on the Lebanon side of the Lebanon-Syria border. These terrorists laid defensive minefields around their hilltop positions; in addition, they mined and booby-trapped approaches to their positions in an attempt to block attacks from the Lebanon Armed Forces (LAF). In 2017, the LAF successfully retook this territory, killing or capturing hundreds of extremist fighters and returning this fertile land back to the Lebanese citizens who the extremists had expelled from their homes and farms.

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Published: Thursday, July 30, 2020

Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2020

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