The so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS) and their former allies from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” are back at it again in east Lebanon; this time, trading blows inside Jaroud ‘Arsal, where the ISIS factions seized several points in the last few weeks.
On Monday morning, ISIS carried out a powerful assault on the remaining Nusra positions in Jaroud ‘Arsal, killing several of the aforementioned Islamist group’s militants near the Syrian border-crossing into Jaroud Rankous.
The clashes were reportedly renewed yesterday after the negotiations regarding the exchange of hostages went sour; this prompted ISIS to carry out a series of attacks against Jabhat Al-Nusra in order to weaken their presence in eastern Lebanon.
While these Jihadist groups fight one another, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) has taken it upon themselves to indiscriminately bomb both groups in Jaroud Qarah and Jaroud Rankous of the Qalamoun Mountains.
In addition to bombing the aforementioned villages in Syria, the Syrian Air Force also carried out a half dozen airstrikes along the Lebanese border with Syria, flying as far as Jaroud ‘Arsal where the Jihadist groups are currently at war.
Recently, ISIS has attempted to advance at a number of fronts in the Qalamoun Mountains; thus, prompting the Syrian Air Force to intensify their airstrikes over this mountain chain in west Syria and east Lebanon.