The Lebanese army kicked off an offensive this morning against an Islamic State enclave on the border with Syria, as Hezbollah announced an assault on the terrorists from the Syrian side. The Lebanese army started their operation at 5:00 a.m. (0200 GMT), targeting Islamic State positions near the town of Ras Baalbek with rockets, artillery and attack-helicopters.
The area is the last part of the Lebanese-Syrian frontier under terrorist control. A military source said the offensive was “making advances on several hills taken in the push against the militants entrenched on fortified high ground, in outposts and in caves.” The operation by Hezbollah (alongside the Syrian army) targeted the area across the border in the western Qalamoun region of Syria.
Hezbollah said their fighters were ascending a series of strategic heights known as the “Mosul Mountains” that overlook several unofficial border crossings used by terrorists.
A statement from Hezbollah said the group was meeting its pledge to “remove the terrorist threat at the borders of the nation and to fight side by side” with the Syrian army. The Lebanese army said it wasn’t coordinating their assault with Hezbollah or the Syrian army.
Published by: The War Files