Ceasefire takes effect on Syrian-Lebanese border battles versus ISIS

A ceasefire went into force early Sunday in two conjoined battles launched two weeks ago against ISIS – one fought by the Syrian army and Hizballah in the Qalamoun Mounts on the Syrian-Lebanese border, and the other by the Lebanese army against a large ISIS pocket inside its border near the northern town of Ras Baalbek. DEBKAfile: While the allied army managed to drive the Islamists out of large parts of the area they occupied, the Lebanese army did not get very far towards breaking up the ISIS and Nusra Front incursions..
The halt in hostilities was declared after the Islamistsagreed to negotiate the return of missing Lebanese army and Hizballah soldiers or their bodies.

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