Nusra moves on Hezbollah positions near Lebanese border

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Jabhat a-Nusra began a campaign to push Hezbollah forces out of the Qalamoun region Monday, attacking a number of Hezbollah positions in the Syrian-Lebanese border region, a local media activist told Syria Direct. “Through these attacks, Jabhat a-Nusra is announcing that it is ready for a confrontation, after rumors circulated in the media that the rebels were going to pull out of Qalamoun,” said Ahmad al-Qalamouni, the alias of a member of the Qalamoun Media Office. Fighting was ongoing at the time of publishing, reported al-Qalamouni. Hezbollah’s official news network reported that the regime forces and their allies had foiled rebel attacks in Asal al-Ward and al-Juba. Jabhat al-Nusra played up their preparation for the anticipated battle, posting pictures of its fighters training on anti-tank rockets to its Twitter account on Sunday.