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Having Gained Momentum in Qusair, Assad Taking the Offensive

The Lebanese Hezbollah fighters who joined the battle on the Syrian government's side were responsible for the unexpected victory.
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With fresh momentum from his army’s victory in the strategic town of Qusair in western Syria, President Bashar Assad’s troops are on the offensive today, Friday, driving rebel forces from the densely populated urban centers, including the cities of Homs and Aleppo.

The Lebanese Hezbollah fighters who joined the battle on the Syrian government’s side were responsible for the unexpected victory. With their support, and with Russia’s commitment to both continue selling Assad arms and maintain its considerable naval presence near Syria, it is now believed that Assad can stay in power for years, with the rebels maintaining control over a portion of the country.

Syrian state-run media was celebrating the capture of Qusair’s as the turning point in the more than two-year civil war. But while no one thinks Assad is going anywhere, it’s also unlikely that the rebels could be forced to abandon their gains across Syria. Several dozen of rebel brigades are currently in control of a huge territory in the southern and eastern regions of Syria, having set up local councils and courts in towns and villages. And the Kurds have secured their independent area in the northeast.

Syria as we know it may be gone forever. Assad will likely continue to preside over a portion of his country, with armed gangs controlling ethnically divided sectors. The Al Qaeda insurgency will continue, as it has done in every lawless part of the world, and Israel will have to start considering Syria its most potentially explosive neighbor.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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3 Responses to “Having Gained Momentum in Qusair, Assad Taking the Offensive”

  1. jihadists murdering jihadists. al qaeda vs hezbollah. All I care about is making sure I have enough Golan wine to last thru the mutual extermination

  2. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    jihadists murdering jihadists. al qaeda vs hezbollah. All I care about is making sure I have enough Golan wine to last thru the mutual extermination.

  3. Most people don’t know that Damascus Syria has historically remained inhabited from the time of it’s founding until today. Despite military losses it has always been populated. Yet Isaiah 17 states that God will take it away from being a city. That has not happened as of yet. If God chooses to use mans weapons of mass destruction as one of the tools to bring that about then today’s news concerning Assad should get you interested enough to take a longer look at Isaiah 17. I’m not saying it is, but it looks like it very well could be. In addition Iran continues determined in it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Yet here we are with the clock ticking. In July of 2012 I wrote a small book that lists some of what the Bible says will happen in the end times as well as what will happen during the period known as the seven (360 day) year tribulation and other soon to take place events. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s about 6 or 7 pages, so it’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

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