The army's continued ability to repel attacks by the 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' has greatly deterred and limited the group's movements in Arsal, experts say.
As residents suffer under a stifling 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' siege, liberating forces have advanced to within 18 kilometres of the city.
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Facilities for the manufacture of land and sea mines have been found in areas along the coast liberated from the Houthis, an official says.