Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Meanwhile in Red Line-Free Syria

I still have my doubts about whether Assad has the troops to hold Aleppo if he takes it, but he is making progress with the help of his Hezbollah shock troops, it seems.

You don't have to be sad that jihadis are taking losses to be sad that Assad is recapturing territory:

Syrian armed forces have taken strategic ground around Aleppo this week, residents and state media said on Wednesday, squeezing the main rebel supply line into the city after months of battlefield gains by Damascus.

The government advance, after close to two years of stalemate, was bolstered by fighters from the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah, an ally of President Bashar al-Assad, according to sources close to Hezbollah.

This is a new front for the Hezbollah troops.

Interestingly enough, the article states that Hezbollah has embedded advisors within Syrian units to bolster them. Just who built Syria's army, anyway?