Two hours after Hezbollah and the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division recaptured the vast hills of Jaroud Qa’a and Jaroud Ba’albak, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) regrouped to mount another powerful assault on the Jawsiyah border-crossing into Syria from their positions inside Lebanon’s northern countryside.
The terrorist group stormed the hills of Jaroud Qa’a and Jaroud Ba’albak for the second time in 72 hours, targeting a number of Hezbollah and Syrian Arab Army controlled checkpoints near the border with Syria; however, the ISIS combatants were unable to attain the same level of success that they achieved against the Lebanese Resistance and Syrian Armed Forces two days prior.
Unable to penetrate past the Lebanese Resistance’s frontline defenses at Jaroud Qa’a and Al-Na’imat, the ISIS combatants were forced to withdraw after sustaining a significant number of casualties; this was also coalesced with the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) pounding their defensive positions from the air.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah killed a confirmed 28 enemy combatants and destroyed four armored vehicles that were mounted with 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns.
The source further added that the majority of the identified ISIS casualties were Syrian nationals, including a handful that were registered refugees operating with the terrorist group in eastern Lebanon’s vast mountains.
ISIS has recently concentrated on this area of northeastern Lebanon after they launched a number of failed offensives in the ‘Arsal District of the Ba’albak Governorate that eventually led to a counter-assault by Hezbollah in May of 2015.