Two days ago, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched a surprise offensive on Hezbollah’s defensive positions near the Al-Qusayr border-crossing, resulting in a series of significant gains for the terrorist organization inside the northern countryside of the Tripoli Governorate of Lebanon.
Despite the intensity of the offensive, the Lebanese Resistance – alongside the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division and National Defense Forces (NDF) – regrouped at the Syrian-Lebanese border crossing to forestall the terrorist group’s progress and prevent them from sneaking across to the imperative city of Al-Qusayr.
Over the last 48 hours, ISIS and Hezbollah have been clashing at Jaroud Qa’a and Jaroud Ba’albak, where the terrorist group continued to press the Lebanese Resistance’s frontline defenses in order to achieve a break-through at the Syrian-Lebanese border crossing.
However, ISIS faced a difficult obstacle: the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) was on the prowl over the 48 hours, launching a number of airstrikes along the Syrian-Lebanese border in order to bombard the enemy agglomerations maneuvering near the city of Al-Qusayr.
The aerial assault from the Syrian Air Force paid dividends for the Lebanese Resistance, as they were able mount a counter-assault on Thursday morning to recapture a number of strategic points inside Jaroud Qa’a, which ultimately led to the terrorist group withdrawing from the vicinity of Al-Qusayr.
According to a military source from the Syrian Armed Forces, the Al-Qusayr border-crossing is no longer in danger after the Lebanese Resistance secured the vast territory leading to the city of Hermel in northern Lebanon.