"A battle between Lebanese troops and Muslim militants in northern Lebanon was widely expected after members of the Islamic State group and al-Qaida's branch in Syria, the Nusra Front, launched several attacks over the past weeks in areas on the border with Syria.
Sunni militants inspired by the Nusra Front and the Islamic State group have killed and wounded several soldiers in a string of attacks in recent months in Tripoli and nearby areas.
Lebanese army commander Gen. Jean Kahwaji said in comments published this month that the militants from Syria want to ignite civil war and create a passage to Lebanon's coastline by linking the Syrian Qalamoun mountains with the Lebanese border town of Arsal and the northern Lebanese town of Akkar, an impoverished Sunni area.
Why does Putin want Crimea and now Mariupol ? And why is Syria so important to him, expect that it has his last Russian military fleetbase ?
Access to the sea means that there is a way to get weapons, fighters and other material by sea
but this is not the FSA but AlQaida so this battle is lost because nobody has an interest in it, except for Al Qaida, but that is not in the interest of anybody - and surely not FSA