Three Lebanese soldiers killed by landmine amid anti-IS offensive

Three Lebanese soldiers killed by landmine amid anti-IS offensive
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20 August, 2017
Three Lebanese soldiers were killed and one critically wounded on Sunday, when a landmine destroyed their vehicle near the border with Syria, said an army statement.
Lebanon's army is waging a major anti-IS offensive near Syria's border [Getty]
Three Lebanese soldiers were killed and one critically wounded on Sunday, when a landmine destroyed their vehicle near the border with Syria, said an army statement.

The landmine may have been planted by Islamic State group militants active in the border badlands.

The incident took place as the US-backed Lebanese Armed Forces pressed their offensive in a mountainous region bordering Syria, capturing new hills from the Islamic State group.

Sunday's gains come a day after the US-backed army launched its biggest military operation yet against IS, who in 2014 gained a foothold along the tiny Mediterranean country’s border with Syria.

A military official said troops captured several hills in the outskirts of the Lebanese village of Ras Baalbek adding that army commander Gen. Joseph Aoun visited areas regained from the extremists.

The official spoke to AP on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Simultaneously, the Syrian regime army and its ally, the Lebanese Hizballah group, are pushing to clear IS militants from the Syrian side of the border, in the western Qalamoun mountain range.