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Conflict Incident Report

Fierce clashes erupt between ISIL, Nusra Front in Arsal, Ras Baalbek Mountain slopes

Date of incident: 
March 28, 2016
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL))
al-Nusra Front

NNA - Fierce clashes have reportedly erupted between so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and Nusra Front terrorists in the mountain slopes of Arsal and Ras Baalbek with both sides deploying assorted light and heavy weapon systems resulting in multiple deaths and injured among militants on both sides.

Earlier, ISIL reportedly mounted concerted attacks on Nusra positions and logistical centers physically liquidating a number of militants and field commanders in the process. Nusra Front gunmen headed by Arsal-based local field commander code-named Abu Malek at-Talleh, have responded by launching a counter-attack of their own; they brought reinforcements to recover positions lost earlier to ISIL in Zamarani, Ajram, Kornet Hachichat, Malahi and Shebib Valley. The clash between the two rival militias reportedly goes on unabated with no immediate word on damage or casualties.

Primary category: 
Heavy Artillery [inc.rocket attacks]
Secondary Category: 
Clashes/Armed Conflict
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Border conflicts (Syrian border)
Violations, disputes and/or conflicts arising between rival armed groups along the Lebanese/Syrian borders which involve parties or militant groups from the Lebanese and Syrian side in both Lebanon and Syria. These conflicts also encompass transnational groups (such as faith-based regional groups, e.g. ISIS, al-Nusra Front) that cannot be considered as strictly Syrian, Lebanese or of any other national entity.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.