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Islamic State Fighters Withdraw from Lebanon Border Zone

Hezbollah fighters stand near military tanks in Western Qalamoun, Syria August 23, 2017. Credit:Reuters

Hezbollah fighters stand near military tanks in Western Qalamoun, Syria August 23, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Beirut: A convoy of Islamic State fighters and their family members began to leave the Lebanon-Syria border zone on Monday for an area in eastern Syria held by the jihadist group, under the terms of a truce, Syrian state television cameras showed.

Islamic State agreed to surrender its enclave and depart for eastern Syria on Sunday after a week-long offensive by the Lebanese army on one front and the Syrian army and Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah group on the other front.