Lebanon officially declares victory at Nahr El-Bared
Yeeha… Just in time for summer!
Defense Minister Eliass al-Murr declared victory on Thursday in its 33-day war against an al Qaeda-inspired militant group at a Palestinian refugee camp and said its military operation there was over.
I can tell the Lebanese that as of now the military operation in Nahr al-Bared is finished”, Defence Minister Elias al-Murr told LBC television
I dedicate this victory to the Lebanese people … all of the Lebanese people, al-Murr added.
Neighboring Syria on Wednesday closed one of its border crossings into northern Lebanon.
Syria has closed three crossings into north Lebanon, citing security concerns since the start of the Nahr al-Bared fighting. Anti-Syrian Lebanese leaders say Fatah al-Islam is a tool of Syrian intelligence. Both Syria and the group deny any links.
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