Lebanese army recaptures territory from IS in Ras Baalbek

The Lebanese army posted in the liberated territory an image as a "salute" to the victims of Thursday's Barcelona attack
The Lebanese army posted in the liberated territory an image as a “salute” to the victims of Thursday’s Barcelona attack

The Lebanese army has recaptured a third of a key region near its north-eastern border with Syria from so-called Islamic State, officials say.

Government troops launched an offensive in Ras Baalbek, the last remaining IS stronghold in the country, on Saturday.

The army says there are about 600 militants in the mountainous region, which IS has held since 2014.

About 20 militants have been killed in the latest operation and 10 soldiers have been injured, the military says.

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.

Youssef Roufeyel, a resident of Ras Baalbek, told Reuters news agency the people of his village would do whatever was necessary for victory.

“This battle requires help and support from the people, and we are behind the army and by their side,” he said.

The Lebanese army later posted an image on its website showing its troops waving both a Lebanese and a Spanish flag in Ras Baalbek in what it described as a “salute from our troops” to the victims of the Barcelona terror attack in which 13 people were killed on Thursday.

IS said it had carried out the attack, which took place in the city’s famous Las Ramblas district, though it is not clear whether any of the attackers were directly connected to the group or simply inspired by it.

The latest operation in Lebanon comes as IS faces a number of military strikes on territory it controls in both Syria and neighbouring Iraq, where a brutal fight to rid Mosul of its militants left the city in ruins.

Militants have long been active in mountainous eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria, where a bloody civil war has raged since 2011.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army and the Lebanese Shia Islamist group, Hezbollah, announced their own offensive against IS, though Lebanon said that the two operations were not connected.


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8 responses to “Lebanese army recaptures territory from IS in Ras Baalbek”

  1. Hannibal Avatar

    kudos to our heroes. Wipe the cancer from the planet. Clean the swamp.

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      4 videos of the battle in Arabic

      “Syrian warplanes destroyed several positions of ISIS in Martabiah and al-Romiat crossings in the Western Qalamoun region according to Hezbollah media wing in Syria.

      On August 19, some of ISIS fighters who surrendered to Hezbollah claimed that only dozens of ISIS fighters on the Syrian-Lebanese border are willing to fight. The fighters also claimed that ISIS force on the border collapsed few hours after the Syrian-Hezbollah-Lebanese attack begin.”


        1. we killl you mr. yu no goood mr we finsehed yu mr

          1. Rainbow Sponge Avatar
            Rainbow Sponge


          2. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Kifak ya dab?;-)

      1. Rudy1947 Avatar

        Didn’t see any airstrikes on key positions, mostly videos of training. Soldiers walking nonchalantly, explosion on empty land and of course patriotic music. Propaganda BS.

  2. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    What “Syrian Civil War”?
    Why would Lebanon stay “Neutral” while US-Israel-Salafis-MB- killing displacing millions of levantine
    Christians, from our own historic border’s neighbouring country up to Nineveh Plains? For Israeli puppet
    Geagea big black eyes? Does Geagea speak for all Lebanese? He doesn’t speak for Ashrafieh where i grew up in front of the beach is gone with the wind $$$$. Beyrouth Seafront is a garbage city no beach access anymore for the cityzens..


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