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Assad’s Army Ready to Take Back Aleppo

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Syria’s army is preparing to launch an assault on Aleppo, aimed at driving rebels out of the northern city and surrounding province, the Daily Star of Lebanon reports.

Preparations for the new battle come five days after the Syrian army and its ally Hezbollah—which is an Iranian brigade based in Lebanon—retook Qusair in center-west Syria, a year after the bulk of that region had fallen into rebel hands.

“It is likely the battle for Aleppo will start in the coming hours or days, and its aim is to reclaim the towns and villages [under rebel control] in the province,” a source in the Syrian security apparatus told AFP.

“The Syrian Arab army is ready to carry out its mission in this province,” the source said.

The pro-Assad daily Al-Watan reported on Sunday that the government army had “started to deploy at a large scale in Aleppo province, in preparation for a battle that will be fought in the city and its outskirts.”

The rebels took Alepo in July, 2012, and since then this major industrial center had been bombarded regularly by Army forces.

Al-Watan also said “the Syrian army will take advantage of its experience in Qusair and Eastern Ghouta [near Damascus] to advance in the [central] province of Hama and Homs” nearby.

“The consequences of the battle for Qusair will … map out the contours of Syria’s political future,” the daily added.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Friday that the regime was deploying “thousands of soldiers” near Aleppo, among other things to try and cut off the rebels’ weapons supply routes from Turkey.

Al-Manar, Hezbollah’s media channel, reported that the army’s “Northern Storm” operation had started Sunday morning, with the goal of “regaining Aleppo and its countryside.”

Battles raged on Sunday near Al-Nubul and Zahra, two rural Shiite enclaves outside Aleppo, in Syria’s north.

“The aim is to use the two villages as forward bases to make advances in Aleppo and its countryside,” said Brigadier General Mustafa al-Sheikh, a rebel commander who used to be a senior officer in Assad’ military.

“The regime considers that it has received a shot in the arm after the Qusair battle, but they will find that it will not be easy to advance in Aleppo,” al-Sheikh told The Daily Star.

Another rebel commander, from the Free Syria Brigade, using the name Salah, told The Daily Star there had been increased air traffic from the direction of Al-Nubul and Zahra for the last two days.

“We are forming groups to prepare but we lack ammunition,” he said in a phone conversation.

Nasrallah Vowing to Sustain Assad’s Regime (Dubbed Video)

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Hezbollah’s chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on Saturday praised President Bashar Assad, describing him as the backbone of the resistance, and reiterated that his party would prevent the fall of the regime in Damascus.

“Syria is the backbone of the resistance and we will not sit with our hands crossed,” Nasrallah said at a televised speech.during a ceremony marking the 13th anniversary of Israel’s May, 2000 military withdrawal from Lebanon.

“I say to all the honorable people, to the mujahedeen, to the heroes: I have always promised you a victory and now I pledge to you a new one” in Syria, he said

Nasrallah, who only recently threatened his party would intervene militarily to prevent the fall of Assad, also argued that the Syrian rebel forces, posed a grave danger to Lebanon and the religious diversity it enjoyed.

“If Syria falls into the hand of America, Israel and takfiris, the resistance (Hezbollah) will be besieged and Israel will enter Lebanon and impose its will,” Nasrallah said. The term “Takfiri Islamists” refers to an ideology that urges Sunni Muslims to kill anyone they consider an infidel.

“If Syria falls in the hands of America, Israel and the takfiris, the people of our region will go into a dark period,” he said. “If Syria falls, Palestine will be lost.”

“We entered a new phase a few weeks ago: the phase of fortifying the resistance and protecting its backbone,” he said.

He also justified his party’s intervention in Syria, arguing the toppling of Assad would render his group vulnerable and open to being targeted by its enemies Israel and the United States.

Syria, along with Iran, has been the main backer of Hezbollah and much of the group’s arsenal consisting of tens of thousands of rockets is believed to have come through or from Syria. Iran and Hezbollah are predominantly Shia, while Assad’s Alawite sect is a distant offshoot of Shia Islam.

In past weeks, Syrian rebels in the besieged town of Qusair have been under heavy bombardment from Hezbollah combatants. The town is close to the Lebanese border, a conduit for both the government and rebels to get weapons. Dozens of Hezbollah militants are said to have been killed fighting alongside Syrian troops in Qusair since May 19, when government forces launched an offensive to recapture the rebel-held town.

As always, we wish both sides in the conflict many more years of success in their endeavors.


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