Syria Army and Hezbollah Target the Terrorists around Qalamoun Peak + Video

Thu May 14, 2015 20:09:00

The Syrian army and Hezbollah swept areas surrounding the Qalamoun region’s highest peak for “remaining pockets” of terrorists on Thursday, one day after capturing the strategic territory in fierce fighting that left dozens of militants dead.

Hezbollah and the Syrian army were “clearing” areas around Tallit Moussa and the nearby Jabal al-Barouh for rebel fighters.

The report also said that Hezbollah captured the Dahr al-Hawa peak, located northeast of Lebanese town of Younin Thursday, one day after Hezbollah and the Syrian army wrested full control over Tallit Moussa, which lies around 2,500 meters above sea level.

Hezbollah also seized “illegal crossings” linking the outskirts of Arsal to the outskirts of Ras al-Maara, as the party continues to cut off militant supply routes between Lebanon and Syria.

The latest advances may prevent ISIS and the Nusra Front from entering Lebanese territory along the eastern frontier with Syria, especially given that Hezbollah and the Syrian army also now control Tallit Moussa, which overlooks the vast expanse of the Qalamoun mountain range.

The site could be used to monitor militant movements as far as the outskirts of the northeastern Lebanese border town of Arsal. This position allowed Hezbollah and the Syrian army to foil militant infiltrations into the outskirts of Lebanese border towns overnight Wednesday.

Hezbollah and Syrian army forces clashed with terrorists in Jabal al-Barouh Thursday. Hezbollah was likely to capture the peak of Jabal al-Barouh after pounding militants with rockets.

On Wednesday, Syrian troops, backed by Hezbollah soldiers, also seized control of about 50 percent of the outskirts of Ras al-Maara and advanced toward the highlands of Jabal al-Barouh, which is geographically linked to Tallit Moussa. Hezbollah and the Syrian army captured the area after fierce clashes left scores of terrorists dead or wounded. The advance pushed terrorists toward the outskirts of Arsal, namely the areas of Wadi al-Rahwe and Wadi Hmeyed.

Militants also withdrew toward Tallit Njasa, located on the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Ras Baalbek.

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