Pictured: Lebanese soldiers waving Spanish and Lebanese flags after recapturing IS stronghold Source: Official Lebanese Website

The Lebanese army has successfully recaptured an IS stronghold, known as Ras Baalbeck, near Lebanon's north-eastern border shared with Syria.

On Saturday, government troops launched an offensive in a region known as Ras Baalbek, where the last remaining IS stronghold in Lebanon was located. 

After the victory, the Lebanese army posted photos on its website showing their troops in Ras Baalbeck waving the Lebanese and Spanish flag, side by side as a tribute to the victims of the recent Barcelona terror attacks, as well as the world.

According to the Lebanese army, the operation's goal was to remove IS militants who occupied the territory. The terrorists were known to be armed with armour piercing missiles, drones, and anti-aircraft missiles. 

The official spokesperson of The Lebanese Armed Forces, Col. Abu Eid, reported that 12 soldiers were wounded and a further three died fighting the battle. 

The caption on the official website of the Lebanese Armed Forces read:

"A salute from our troops fighting ISIS in the jurds of Ras Baalbek to the victims of Spain and the whole world. Mkhayrme Mountain - jurds of Ras Baalbek #Dawn-of-the-jurds"

"Nuestros soldados que combaten al Daesh(acrónimo árabe de Estado Islamico)  en las montañas de Ras Baalbeck rinden homenaje a las victimas de España y de todo el mundola montaña de al Moujairma - jurd de Ras Baalbeck# El amanecer de Jurds"

The last photograph taken of the 3 Lebanese soldiers who lost their life in the 'Dawn of The Jurds' battle:

Dawn of the Jurds was a U.S.-backed operation lead by the Lebanese army against the militants. 

According to The Washington Post, U.S. military aid to Lebanon has amounted to the tune of more than $1.5 billion in the last decade, including defence hardware which covers 80 percent of the military's equipment. In addition, U.S. military personnel have trained 32,030 Lebanese troops. 

The offensive was one of the largest military operations carried out by the Lebanese army since extremists began infiltrating areas of Lebanon's northeastern border after the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

Footage from the army's trek along the border:

"Lebanese soldiers regaining land from ISIS."

"May this morning be a victory for our brave military to erase terrorism from the Lebanese land."