Lebanese Army soldiers open fire during clashes with Islamist militants in Tripoli. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Lebanon stood firmly behind its Army in its war against homegrown terrorism Sunday as the death toll from three days of pitched battles between troops and jihadists rose to at least 28 .The Army pledged to press on with its offensive until all the militants are crushed, a security source told The Daily Star, adding that the military was operating according to clear-cut dictums.According to the source, the spirits of troops were high and the Army had the upper hand in the battles.Three days of running street battles between Lebanese troops and militants in the northern city of Tripoli and the district of Minyeh left at least 11 soldiers, 11 gunmen and six civilians dead, and more than 60 people wounded in the worst spillover of the war in Syria into Lebanese territory since ISIS and Nusra Front briefly overran the border town of Arsal in August. Four soldiers were killed and six others wounded when militants ambushed two Army vehicles in Jisr al-Mhammra in Minyeh as the military continued to fight pockets of militants in the district, north of Tripoli.The security sources said that the Army command has made a decision to launch a "full-fledged and conclusive" operation against the militants, thus resorting to aerial attacks for the first time in the city.
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