Syrian army, Hezbollah launch offensive against IS

Syrian army, Hezbollah launch offensive against IS

The Lebanese army launched an offensive against an Islamic State enclave on the northeast border with Syria, a Lebanese security source said on Saturday, as Hezbollah and the Syrian army announced an assault from the Syrian side of the border.

In a televised news conference later on Saturday, a spokesman for the Lebanese army, Brigadier General Ali Qansowa, said that the military operations would continue until Daesh terrorists were expelled from Lebanese territory. It made no mention of the Lebanese army operation.

Also, the Lebanese army was reportedly advancing in Ras Baalbek area on the Lebanese side of the borders.

The picture, taken on July 26, 2017, shows a Hezbollah fighter placing a flag of the resistance movement and a Lebanese national flag in a mountainous area around the border town of Arsal.

Lebanese army forces had captured a number of strategic hills in Baalbek on Wednesday as part of the ongoing anti-Daesh operations in the area.

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"They are hoping to push these armed groups out and that Lebanon will essentially secure its border completely, something which they haven't been able to do since the start of the Syrian conflict". That would spare Washington the potential embarrassment of appearing to be allied with a group it classifies as a terror organization.

Any sign of joint operations with the Iran-backed group or the Syrian army could jeopardise the sizeable United States military assistance it receives.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun called field commanders from the Defense Ministry where he was monitoring operations early to tell them, "You will not disappoint us", and "Our hearts and minds are with you", according to video broadcast on TV channels across the country.

Jroud refers to the barren, mountainous border area between Lebanon and Syria.

The Lebanese army, a major recipient of U.S. military aid, did not take part in the July operation, but it has been gearing up to target the ISIL pocket in the same mountainous region.

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