Iranian troops and Hezbollah ‘massing in Syria for ground battle against rebels’

Iranian soldiers
October 2015 SYRIAHundreds of Iranian troops have reportedly crossed into Syria ahead of a ground operation supporting Bashar al-Assad against his enemies. Sources in Lebanon claim that the soldiers arrived 10 days ago and will be supporting government forces, alongside fighters from the Shia Islamist group Hezbollah, against rebels in northern Syria. An anonymous official told Reuters the operation was being mounted in conjunction with Russian air strikes and aimed to recapture territory lost by the Syrian regime.
“The (Russian) air strikes will in the near future be accompanied by ground advance by the Syrian army and its allies,” one of the sources said. “It is possible that the coming land operations will be focused in the Idlib and Hama countryside.” Iran is believed to already have troops backing government forces in Iraq, where Shia militias believed to be funded by the Iranian government are also fighting Isis. The Kremlin had already announced the creation of an operations centre in Baghdad where its forces will work with the Iranians and intelligence operatives from Iraq and the Syrian regime. Officials have insisted that no Russian troops will be deployed on the ground but Vladimir Putin has sent fighter jets, artillery, tanks and equipment to Assad.
The Syrian President had asked his Russian counterpart for military assistance to combat “terrorism”, although the term is used by the Syrian regime to refer to anyone opposing it. Activists in territories held by non-Islamist rebels have claimed that they have been targeted by Russian air strikes in Homs and Hama, and American and French officials have accused Russia of targeting President Assad’s rivals. An alliance of extremist groups including Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham made rapid gains in Idlib province earlier this year, completely expelling the government from the area bordering Turkey. Senator John McCain said today that he could “absolutely confirm” that Free Syrian Army rebels who had been funded. –Independent
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One Response to Iranian troops and Hezbollah ‘massing in Syria for ground battle against rebels’

  1. Joseph sonny Skies says:

    Russia has every right to fight against Assad’s rebels that want to take over his government. Our USA government started the mess and is embarrassed that Kremlin will end the USA lust for violence. Who the hell is Obama, Kerry, and McCain to tell Russia not to help their border neighbor? Or for the USA to tell Russia who they should or should not fight; all the while we have them under heavy monetary sanctions???? Dear Putin; help us rid of this evil we have in USA…PLEASE!

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