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Syrian Army Advancing In Battle For Yabroud

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Syrian army advancing in battle for rebel town near Lebanese border, field commander says
 
SAHEL, Syria - Syrian government troops are tightening their grip on the last rebel stronghold near the border with Lebanon a day after taking control of a key village in the area, a field commander told reporters on Tuesday.
 
Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have seized a string of towns and villages in the rugged Qalamoun region along the Lebanese border since launching an offensive there in November. Backed by gunmen from the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group, the army seized the village of Sahel this week and is closing in on Yabroud, the largest town in the mountainous region still in rebel hands.
 
The government operation aims to sever the rebel supply routes from nearby Lebanon and shore up its hold on the main north-south highway that runs through the area.
 
During a government-led tour of the village of Sahel, a Syrian commander told reporters that troops ousted opposition fighters from the village Monday, bringing down the rebels' "first defence line" of Yabroud. The officer did not provide his name, in line with military regulations.
 
Hezbollah guerrillas have played a significant role in the government push. The Lebanese Shiite militant is eager to clear the border area of the overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim rebels trying to topple Assad's government. Hezbollah claims that several cars used in recent bombings targeting predominantly Shiite neighbourhoods of south Beirut have been rigged in Yabroud.
Al-Qaida-linked groups have claimed responsibility for several of the attacks in Lebanon, saying they were retaliation for Hezbollah's military support for Assad.
 
Opposition groups said fighting was raging Tuesday on the edge of Yabroud, with government helicopters dropping barrel bombs on the town's outskirts. The makeshift bombs, which the government has used to devastating effect in other parts of Syria, are packed with explosives and fuel and are intended to cause massive damage to urban areas.
 
Rami Abdurrahman, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group, said rebels fighting in Yabroud belong predominantly to hard-line Islamic groups, including the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and the breakaway group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
 
Syria's state news agency reported heavy fighting around Yabroud on Tuesday. It said the army destroyed a car fitted with a machinegun, and killed fighters from the Nusra Front and other rebel groups.
 
The Syrian field commander said the army is determined to clear the area by launching a final assault from Sahel. He said "moral was high among the troops as they fulfil their mission" to capture Yabroud.
 
Sahel was deserted on Tuesday as the government troops escorted reporters along. There was damage on several houses and a mosque, apparently from fighting, and telephone and electricity cables were torn from poles and strewn on sidewalks.
At least one body could be seen on the ground.
 
"It was a real battle and we didn't give the gunmen any chance to negotiate," the commander said. He did not say if the army or the rebels sustained any casualties, but said the troops detained more than 30 opposition fighters after capturing the village.
 
Many of those captured were Syrians, the commander said, although there were also foreign fighters who had travelled to Syria from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Lebanon to battle Assad's troops.

 


Hezbollah in Action near yabroud

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Ekr7mHQRE&feature=youtu.be

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy-Ig3Lx_kE

 

 

Edited by hidrali

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Progress is being made by the Grace of Allah. I urge everyone to inform everyone around them to recite this dua'a inorder for all the brothers in the frontlines to succeed against the savage wahhabi/zionist alliance. Dua Ahl ath-Thugur :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8ywgZp02AA

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any idea how long will this war keep going?

any one from syria? do u guys have any time limit for this whole operation?

Another 6 months and all Syrian borders will be secured by Syrian Arab Army IF this momentum is not broken.

From the look of Ukraine, it appears that the moment of truth is fast approaching, either it's gonna be a smash hit to Sufyani army OR Syria will soon face a decisive onslaught from the West. Russia has checkmated neo-cons in Ukraine; possessing the most powerful army in the globe, they won't sit silent on this nosebleed by Russians.

In case things let go like they are right now and bankrupted West decides to chicken it out, then by mid. 2015 you will see the fight being taken to occupied Hijaz (current day Saudi kingdom), Bahrain, Kuwait and Houtis areas in Yemen.

If the battle of Syria is won, then this war is not ending until Saudi regime falls.

One more thing, and you see it already in Saudi mafia's anxiety of being orphaned. By 2020 USA will be 100% energy independent, and Saudis won't be worth the used toilet paper for American strategists, at which time a major shift in alliances will occur in ME and in East Asia. Bad news for Russia too, because soon their major export would be devalued enough that they won't be able to be as belligerent as they are now. Hence the BRIC alliance is playing its trump hand before 2020. Saudis would be a welcome casualty of this shift. Hopefully Wahabism too.

Edited by Waiting for HIM

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In case things let go like they are right now and bankrupted West decides to chicken it out, then by mid. 2015 you will see the fight being taken to occupied Hijaz (current day Saudi kingdom), Bahrain, Kuwait and Houtis areas in Yemen.

 

That is way too late. If Saudi knew they had time till 2015, they would be happy, and planned until then and even would be successful.

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It would be better for Saudi family(yes, better for them, not Shia, not Lebanese, etc.), if they let Bahrain go(independent) and didn't start Syrian war as an answer to Bahraini uprising, which will finally backfire on Saudis.

Letting Bahrain free would just cause some territory loss for Saudi family, but they would not be wiped off the map, like they will now.

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Another 6 months and all Syrian borders will be secured by Syrian Arab Army IF this momentum is not broken.

 

That is just not true. Even if SAA had the same momentum now as they did after the recovery of al-Qusayr, they just can't win. Have you seen the current situation of the Syrian map? Who controls what areas? The SAA + allies own a good portion of the south and south west, while the Kurds have most of their own areas in the north. Then you see a whole lot of garbage in between with terrorists. Damascus itself is long-term process even though the FSA is losing, because they are so many of them infested in that area. The worst area (in my opinion) is ar-Raqqah, because ISIS officially has its own rule and laws in it.

 

In my opinion, and it's truly sad that it has come to this, but Syria has Iraq 2.0 written all over it. Any land that has become infected by the ISIS virus is almost impossible to eradicate fully. Plus, these hardcore Salafists are pouring into Syria and there seems to be no shortage of them. The Iraqi Army has more manpower and more sophisticated weaponry than the SAA, yet it still struggles in specific areas. Plain and simple: this war will not end until a ceasefire is agreed, and even then, the ISIS will continue what they're known for. There is NO military solution to Syria, the entire world knows this.

 

Here's a map describing who own what (NASA - your choice if you think they're reliable or not): 

 

syria-map-webb.png

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There is no military solution, but a good military strategy will limit the conflict and will limit the military options 

for the Salafis. 

 

The main goal of the Salafi hoards, over the last year, has been to spread the conflict into Lebanon so they can set up

bases there. They are conducting an asymmetric warfare campaign against the Syrian government and the first rule of asymmetric warfare is to expand the theater of conflict into as many areas as you can where you have sympathizers and by doing this you force your enemy to disperse their forces. When the forces are dispersed, they are easier to attack. 

 

There are pockets inside Lebanon, such as the refugee camps and certain areas around Tripoli and Saida where there are many Salafis, although the population of Lebanon, in general, does not support the Takfiri cause. So the Takfiris wanted to create corridors between these Takfiri cells in Lebanon and in Syria so that they could move people and supplies and expand the theater of conflict and force Hezb to disperse their forces over a wider area. Hezb realized this more than a year ago and began conducting operations to counter this strategy, which were successful, so with Lebanon (almost) out of the pictures, now their options are limited as far as expanding and supplying their forces. They still have options, and their most important supply routes, thru Iraq from the East and Turkey from the North, are still open and functioning, so I don't see the conflict ending anytime soon, and I don't see a political settlement on the horizon. 

 

This conflict may go on for a long time, unfortunately for the Syrian people, but the Takfiris have been weakened, which is a good thing. 

Edited by Abu Hadi

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Noah, the channel you shared has amazingly funny titles for videos;

 

''Syria Freedom Fighters Exchange Nuns for Political Prisoners detained by Dictator Assad.''  :wacko:

 

Kidnapping christian devout women means fighting for freedom. And saving them is dictatorship. lol

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Reports coming in recent days indicate 150 hezbullah dead and rising in the battle for Yabroud. Promising news and I hope it continues until they are vanquished or flee their farcical involvement in the syrian civil war.

Edited by JermainTaylor

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