BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The month of August has not been too kind to the Islamic State (ISIL), as their self-proclaimed ‘caliphate’ shrinks by the day in both Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq.

While they will still remain in Iraq and Syria next month, their reign over the northwestern part of the Syrian-Lebanese border will come to a swift end by the end of the month, thanks in large part to Hezbollah and the Syrian and Lebanese armies.

Since launching their Qalamoun offensive, Hezbollah and their allies have liberated more than 120 square kilometers of territory from the Islamic State, leaving only a small pocket left in the Qarah Barrens.

In the coming days, the Islamic State is expected to surrender the Qarah Barrens to the Syrian Army and the Ras Ba’albak area to the Lebanese military; once this is done, they will no longer have a presence on the border.

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