Lebanon finds suspected remains of ISIL-held soldiers
28 August, 2017, 01:41 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
The Lebanese military announced on Sunday a ceasefire in its battle against ISIL along the north-east border with Syria to allow for negotiations on nine soldiers held hostage by the extremists.
The attack began last week, coinciding with an offensive that Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched against ISIL on the other side of the frontier in Syria's western Qalamoun region.
The Lebanese army announced that a cease-fire in its own offensive took effect at 7 a.m. but did not mention a cease-fire on Syria's side of the border. "We are expecting the number to go up to eight", Ibrahim said, adding, "We believe that these remains belong to the soldiers".
Lebanon's army insisted it was not coordinating its assault with Hezbollah.
According to a Hezbollah source, the terror organization's forces entered the area where the soldiers had disappeared in order to locate their burial place.
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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.
"We would not have been able to reach this point without the Lebanese army", he stated. They have lost most of that territory since the joint offensive began at the start of August.
Hezbollah has been fighting alongside troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011.
Washington classifies Hezbollah as a terrorist group.
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