Hezbollah says begun assault on IS Lebanon border pocket from Syria

Lebanese army artillery

The Lebanese military said that 20 ISIS militants were killed in the military operation, and 10 of their own soldiers were wounded.

The militant group is now falling back deeper into the Euphrates valley region of eastern Syria.

"Failure, or the risk of it, would only bolster Hezbollah's argument that it and Iran are indispensable to Lebanon's stability", he said.

Samir Geagea, a leading Lebanese Christian politician and longstanding opponent of Hezbollah and Syrian influence in Lebanon, said the visit to Syria would "shake Lebanon's political stability and put Lebanon in the Iranian camp".

Syrian warplanes have bombarded mountainous areas controlled by the Islamic State group near the border with Lebanon.

The statement said, "Keeping our promise of wiping out terrorism which has been threatening our country, the Islamic Resistance (Hezbollah) alongside with the Syrian Arab Army, have kicked off "If You revert, We Shall Revert" Operation to liberate Western Qalamoun barrens from ISIL terrorists".




At the same time, Lebanon's Shi'ite Hizballah group announced that it had started a joint military operation with the Syrian army from the Syrian side of the frontier, in the western Qalamun mountain range.

The Army has been pounding Daesh positions using a modern array of equipment and armaments provided by the United States.

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

The military said that the army troops "continue to advance rapidly under fire artillery support, rocket launchers and aircraft". "It's the most hard battle so far waged by the Lebanese army against terrorist groups - the nature of the terrain and the enemy", he said.

The army estimates there are around 600 IS fighters in the areas it is battling to capture. -Gen. Ali Kanso made to the press.

However, the killing of civilians on a daily basis pushed the Syrian government to condemn the US-led coalition's "crimes" in Raqqa and urge the United Nations to dissolve the coalition.

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