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Now that the Cabinet has authorized the Lebanese Army to take "appropriate decisions and measures" to protect the northeastern town of Arsal from jihadis based on its outskirts, political consensus among the rival factions is deemed essential in the military's open battle against terrorism.The sources quoted the military command as saying that the Cabinet's decision last Thursday to task the Army with taking the necessary measures to regain control over Arsal and protect it from Islamist militants' attacks is the very least of its duties.However, what is required is to let the Army do its job in protecting the eastern border with Syria without drawing it into the fray of futile political wrangling, the sources said.The Army is carefully and precisely studying its measures without rushing".He added that the Army patrols enter into the heart of Arsal and leave freely, but its troops do not stay in the town because the security situation still needs to be tackled.
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