Lebanese soldiers continue battle against Daesh near Syrian border

21 August, 2017, 04:32 | Author: Ruben Patrick
  • Lebanese Minister of Industry Hussein Hajj Hassan is seen in Damascus Syria

A military spokesperson, Nazih Jorieje, said that the Army liberated 30 kilometers squared from Daesh, capturing 11 militant positions in the process.

Quoting Lebanese security sources, Tehran based Press TV, said that army was now targeting Daesh positions close to the village of Ras Baalbek in eastern Lebanon with rockets, artillery and helicopter gunfire. Currently, the Lebanese army is focusing on pushing Al Nusra and ISIS out of Lebanon and securing the Lebanese land.

Lebanese military launched its operation in the Jurud Ras Baalbek and Jurud al-Qaa region early on Saturday on the country's eastern border with Syria, AFP reported.

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon suffered its first casualties from a massive operation to drive the Islamic State group from an area along the Syrian border on Sunday when a roadside bomb killed three soldiers.

The campaign will involve cooperation between the two sides - although Lebanese authorities insist they are not coordinating with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

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The fairground is also located near the rebel-held eastern Ghouta region in the eastern countryside of Damascus. Rami Abdulrahman, the head of the Observatory, did not rule out other causes that may have caused the blast.

"The Lebanese Army remains one of our most capable and efficient partners", he said, according to comments quoted by a Lebanese army statement.

Last month, Hezbollah launched attacks against Syrian opposition groups near border strongholds in a joint operation with the Syrian regime. In a speech on Sunday, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah pressed the Lebanese state to strengthen relations with Assad's government.

The offensive is aimed at ridding the area of IS militants who are armed with anti-aircraft and armour-piercing missiles and drones, the Lebanese army said.

At the same time, Syrian forces are advancing on the city of Deir al-Zor, 350 km.to the east, which could lead to Syria re-taking the Euphrates Valley and linking up with pro-Iranian militias in Iraq.

Lebanese army's armored personal carriers (APC) drive to the entrance of the town of Arsal in the Bekaa valley by the Syrian border on August 2, 2014.

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