No coordination between Lebanon and Syrian armies against Daesh — Lebanese military source

FILE - Lebanese army. (AFP)
Updated 05 August 2017

No coordination between Lebanon and Syrian armies against Daesh — Lebanese military source

BEIRUT: The Lebanese army will not coordinate with the Syrian army to fight against Daesh in the Lebanese-Syrian border zone, a military source told Reuters on Saturday, rejecting a local media report of direct military cooperation between the two.
The source said the Lebanese army had the military capability to confront and defeat the group without any regional or international support.
The presence of Daesh and Nusra Front militants in pockets on Lebanon’s border is the biggest military spillover into the country from Syria’s civil war.
An offensive launched last month by Lebanon’s Hezbollah — a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad — forced Nusra Front militants to leave for a rebel-held area in northwest Syria under an evacuation deal.
The Lebanese army did not take part in that offensive, but has been widely expected to lead an attack against the Daesh pocket.
On Friday Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said an assault on Daesh militants in the border zone would begin in a few days.
He said the Lebanese army would attack Daesh from the Lebanese side of the border while Hezbollah and the Syrian army would simultaneously attack from the Syrian side.
Hezbollah has been fighting alongside the Syrian army against rebels including hard-line Sunni Islamists in Syria.
On Saturday Lebanese newspaper Al-Joumhouria reported from sources that direct military coordination had occurred between the Syrian and Lebanese armies regarding the upcoming offensive against Daesh.
The military source said the Lebanese army had been attacking Daesh for some time, by preventing it spreading further and cutting supply routes.
Lebanese state news agency NNA and a Hezbollah media unit said on Saturday the Lebanese army had shelled Daesh positions in the Ras Baalbek and Al-Qaa areas of northeast Lebanon.


Egypt’s King Salman International University to be completed in 2020

Construction of the university started in July 2017. (King Salman International University)
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Egypt’s King Salman International University to be completed in 2020

  • President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi inspected the university progress and was briefed on the facilities of the university branch

DUBAI: Construction of King Salman International University in Sharm Al-Sheikh is in progress and scheduled for completion in March 2020, Egypt’s local press reported on Saturday.

Construction of the university started in July 2017, which when built will house 10 colleges including tourism, languages, architecture, arts and design.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi inspected the university progress and was briefed on the facilities of the university branch.

The King Salman University currently has three campuses in the South Sinai province: at El-Tor, Sharm El-Sheikh and Ras Sidr.