Daesh asks Hizbollah, Syrian army for withdrawal from Syria-Lebanon border

Posted August 28, 2017

The Lebanese army announced on Sunday that a ceasefire in its battle to expel ISIS terrorists from its eastern border with Syria got underway at 7:00 am.

He said DNA testing would be carried out to determine the identities of the remains.

According to military bodies, the military previously rejected a proposal by the Daesh extremists to leave for the northern province of Raqqa and told them to immediately surrender. The zone under ISIL control straddles Lebanon's north-eastern border with Syria, and Hezbollah says it has mostly driven ISIL from its pocket on the Syrian side.

Elsewhere in the fight against IS, Syrian troops and their allies besieged a large area controlled by IS in central Syria on Thursday.

Syrian government forces and their Lebanese ally, Iranian-backed Hizbullah, had launched an offensive to drive ISIS jihadists from the western Qalamoun region of Syria on Lebanon's border, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Both offensives have advanced towards the border from opposite sides.

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During that visit, Mr Nasrallah said in his speech last week, Damascus stressed that if the Lebanese government wanted to coordinate with it on reaching a deal with ISIL then it "must submit a formal and open request to the Syrian authorities" - something that would force Beirut to recognise Mr Al Assad's legitimacy. The sit-ins have been held since the soldiers were captured by ISIS in 2014.

Northeastern Lebanon was the scene of one of the worst spillovers of Syria's war into Lebanon in 2014, when Daesh and Nusra Front militants attacked the town of Arsal. The fate of the ninth soldier remains unknown.

Nusra militants and a Syrian rebel group withdrew from Lebanon's border region earlier this month.

Hezbollah has played a major role in fighting Sunni militants along the border during Syria's six-year war and has sent thousands of fighters to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Lebanon would not want to appear to be operating alongside the Syrian government, and the presence of Hezbollah militias from Lebanon fighting in Syria is also politically sensitive.

Last week, Lebanon and Hezbollah each announced they had made significant gains against ISIL fighters, driving them back into a smaller part of the arid hills on the border.