Lebanon: Communist militias stand firm in Bekaa against ISIS

Lebanese Communists in Bekaa Valley continued guarding the border with Syria to prevent incursions by the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) who are just 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) away. Locals from nearby villages have also volunteered to patrol the area, alongside the communists, to battle IS units that manage to make their way through the mountains. One of the communist fighters, Hassan, said that the militia intends to protect their land "until the last drop of our blood." Another fighter called Mazeem described their mission as being "to detect and find" any of the "small groups of fighters who manage to get through the mountains." In August 2014, IS fighters attacked the border town of Arsal and since then have consistently threatened to do the same elsewhere.