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Army restores order following clashes in Tripoli

BEIRUT |, with agencies - October 28, 2014, 11h26
Photo: National News Agency
On Monday in Tripoli, shortly after the Lebanese Army, backed by helicopter gunships, brought the northern city fully under its control, residents and the Lebanese Army were somewhat at ease.
According to the Daily Star, the Army’s campaign against terrorist groups has put an end to four days of fierce clashes with militants inspired by ISIS and the Nusra Front. These clashes, as reported, left 42 people dead and nearly 150 wounded. Those dead include 23 gunmen, 11 soldiers and eight civilians, while 92 soldiers, and 63 gunmen, and many civilians were wounded.

The United States has also sent its condolences to the martyrs that were killed while protecting their home. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington stood by the country and its government, adding: “We condemn those who seek to sow chaos in Lebanon and are confident that the Lebanese people will persevere if they stand united in the face of this threat.”

Additionally, she praised Prime Minister Tammam Salam for his “strong stand,” adding Washington was “very confident” in the Army’s ability to defend the country.

Public relief is spreading over Tripoli as the Lebanese Army is doing everything in its power to take full control over the situation. As reported by the National News Agency (NNA), 162 terrorists were arrested since Friday, October 24, 2014, in Tripoli.
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