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Lebanese Army Resumes Assault on ISIL’s Defense Lines near Syria’s Border

11 August 2017 17:35

 

The Lebanese Army troops resumed their heavy attacks on ISIL strongholds in mountainous regions in Eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria after a short hiatus for political negotiations, field sources said Friday.

The sources said that the Lebanese Army units began pounding ISIL’s positions in the Ra’as Ba’albak region of Beqa’a province, destroying several installations and trenches of the terrorist group.

The Lebanese military further carried out an attack using their attack helicopters; this provided them leverage over the fleeing terrorists, the sources added.

Lebanese Intelligence Chief Abbas Ibrahim recently met with ISIL’s leadership in Eastern Lebanon to discuss their surrender; however, the terrorist group rejected the government’s offer.

Well-informed sources reported earlier today that the Lebanese Army troops and the Syrian Air Force targeted ISIL’s gathering and concentration centers in the mountainous region along the two countries’ borders, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.

The sources said that the army units targeted ISIL positions, movements and gatherings in the region of Jaroud Ra’as Ba’albak close to the Syrian-Lebanese border.

The ongoing offensive by the Lebanese Army kicked off about one week ago to clear the entire Jaroud Ra’as Ba’albak region from ISIL militants.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Air Force targeted ISIL’s defense lines in al-Zamrani and al-Hashishat hills of the Western Qalamoun region where preparations by pro-government forces are ongoing to launch an offensive against ISIL from the Syrian side of the border.

ISIL suffered heavy casualties in the attacks.

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