On Sunday, the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) announced that it has captured over 80 square kilometers out of 120 square kilometers that had been under the ISIS control in Ras Balbak and al-Qa’a areas near the Syrian-Lebanese border.
Moreover, the LAF destroyed 12 positions, and 2 VBIEDs of ISIS near the border with Syria. The LAF also killed 15 ISIS fighters in the last 12 hours.
3 Lebanese soldiers were killed and one was injured after their armored vehicle was hit by a mine on the al-Njasah roundabout-Jorud Arsal road. It’s still unknown who had planted the mine.
Meanwhile, Hezbollah and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the following areas near the Syrian-Lebanese border:
- In the southern part of Western Qalamoun: Qurnat Sha’abat al-Qadi, Qurnat Mad Mahbas, Qurnat Tam al-Zamrani, Watiat al-Zamrani and Khirbat Qur Ali;
- In the eastern part of Western Qalamoun: Al-Suqaia’a roundabout, Sin Mari al-Janubi, Sin Fikhah mount, Harf al-Mosul heights and Fikhah crossing;
- In the northern part of Western Qalamoun: Sha’abat Bait Salem and Sha’abat al-Zuitinah al-Garbiah.
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.