BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah resumed their large-scale offensive in the western part of the Qalamoun Mountains this morning, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) remaining positions near the Lebanese border.

Backed by heavy airstrikes from the SyAAF, the Syrian Army and Hezbollah stormed a number sites located west of the Al-Mosul Mountain; this resulted in a brief battle with the Islamic State militants present in the area.

According to Hezbollah’s official media wing, their forces and the Syrian Arab Army have now liberated Sadr Beit Badran, Wadi Sha’bat Al-Harfoush, Al-Mustabat, and Sha’bat Al-Bateekh; these sites are all located near the Lebanese border-crossing.

In addition to their advance at the western axis of the Qarah Barrens, the Syrian Army and Hezbollah also scored a new advance at the northern part of the Qalamoun Mountains, liberating the large hilltop of Sha’bat Ajoun Al-Kabeera this morning.

As a result of today’s advance, the Syrian Arab Army Hezbollah have liberated more than 120 square kilometers of territory since launching their operation in the Qalamoun Mountains last week.

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