BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – Minutes ago, a Lebanese Army source informed Al-Masdar that the long-awaited offensive to expel the Islamic State (ISIL) militants from Ras Ba’albak had begun.

Lebanese Army units began the offensive by storming Tal Al-Najasah and Duwar Al-Zinnar near the Shabeb Canyon; this would result in a fierce battle with the Islamic State forces in the area.

Following a series of intense clashes, the Lebanese Army announced that their forces had captured the aforementioned sites and pushed to Abu ‘Ali and Al-Dalel Al-‘Aqra hills in the Ras Ba’albak region.

The Lebanese Army has since captured the Abu ‘Ali and Al-Dalel Al-‘Aqra Hills, inflicting heavy damage on the terrorist group’s defenses.

The main objective of this offensive will be to clear the entire Islamic State pocket that is located along the Syrian border in Ras Ba’albak.

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