Secret British role in halting Isil ‘massacre’ in Lebanon

A British team has secretly saved a Christian town in Lebanon from advancing Isil forces by constructing a network of watchtowers, The Telegraph can disclose.

The clandestine British squad worked at speed to coordinate the huge effort to build 12 towers — with more planned — along the border with Syria to prevent the forces of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from “massacring” inhabitants of the town.

The lookout points allowed the Lebanese army to stop Isil storming west to the Mediterranean at the same time that the terror group invaded Iraq to the east. It cut off the advance of Isil into the small Christian town of Ras Baalbek, in the north of Lebanon.

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