BEIRUT, June 6 (Sputnik) — The al-Nusra Front, also known as Jabhat al-Nusra, was established in January 2012 and has been fighting against the Syrian government. The militants seek to build an Islamic caliphate in the controlled lands, sprawling across Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories.
“Sixteen Jabhat al-Nusra militants were killed. The artillery of Lebanese army straddled the [al-Nusra] detachment, which tried to break into the al-Uyun gorge in the south-east of Arsal town [near Syrian border],” the source told RIA Novosti.
After the Lebanese army liberated the town, the terrorists fled to the mountains, organizing rear bases there. They occasionally attack Lebanese villages and the army checkpoints from remote mountainous areas.