Lebanese politicians say IS controls an area of about square kilometers square miles between the two countries, of which square kilometers A Lebanese army soldier takes up a position overlooking an area controlled by the Islamic State group at the edge of the town of Arsal, in northeast Lebanon, June 19, Lebanese army special forces patrol in armored personnel carriers, in Ras Baalbek, eastern Lebanon, December 3, Car bombs made in the area and sent to other parts of the country, including the Lebanese capital, Beirut, have killed scores of citizens. Keen to support the army rather than the better equipped Iranian-backed Hezbollah, the US and Britain have supplied the military with helicopters, anti-tank missiles, artillery and radars, as well as training. The offensive from the Lebanese side of the border will be carried out by the Lebanese army, while Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters will be working to clear the Syrian side of IS militants. Some Lebanese politicians have been opposed to security coordination with the Syrian army.
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