On the day that Hezbollah’s Secretary General – Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah – delivered his powerful speech to the Lebanese populous, the military wing of the Lebanese Resistance continued their offensive at the ‘Arsal Barrens of the Beqa’a Governorate, where they killed a number of militants from the Syrian Al-Qaeda organization “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) before they captured numerous sites in the area.
Hezbollah began their assault at the ‘Arsal Barrens on Thursday morning, when they captured the collection of hills in Wadi Al-Darab and Jabal Al-Rahwa, killing scores of enemy combatants from Jabhat Al-Nusra after they took control of the Al-Darab border-crossing into Lebanon.
Following their success at Wadi Al-Darab and Jabal Al-Rahwa, Hezbollah launched another powerful assault at dawn on Friday morning, as the Lebanese Resistance pounded Jabhat Al-Nusra at the towns of Sirj Al-Mumlahat, Al-‘Alamat, ‘Ardh Al-Minyarah, Ras Al-Tala’a, and Wadi Al-Fakhtah; this assault was followed by Hezbollah taking full-control of these towns and hills before noon.
The towns territory captured by Hezbollah on Friday morning paved the way for the Syrian Arab Army’s 20th and 128th Brigades of the 1st Armored Division to sweep-up the remaining hills at Jabal Al-Thaljah that were under the control of Jabhat Al-Nusra; thus, forcing the Al-Qaeda fighters to retreat towards the hills of Jaroud Jarajeer in the northern part of the Qalamoun Mountains of Syria.
Not long after the Syrian Armed Forces secured Jabal Al-Thaljah, Hezbollah – in coordination with Christian resistance fighters from Zahle – captured Jabal Al-Sha’abah after a series of firefights with Jabhat Al-Nusra, further adding to their success in Lebanon.