Lebanese soldiers gesture while riding on an armoured vehicle as they leave the mountainous border town of Ras Baalbek January 24, 2015. REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah
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Free Syrian Army members based in Lebanon have condemned the recent attack on the Lebanese Army in Ras Baalbek, but cautioned that members of the opposition that were once moderate are becoming radicalized as Syrians in Lebanon face increasingly difficult circumstances.Rather, when a Lebanese Army foot patrol encountered militants in the hills several kilometers from the town of Ras Baalbek, clashes ensued.Some have suggested that ISIS had been plotting an attack on the largely Christian town of Ras Baalbek to fulfill their fanatic ideology or that the clashes were linked to Army chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi's trip to the region the previous day. Qsair said that many of the ISIS militants who are located in the Ras Baalbek area were formerly affiliated with the FSA in the Syrian town of Qusair, some 25 kilometers away.
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