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Middle East Escalation: Hezbollah Gathers 15,000 Man Army North of Damascus

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Hezbollah has deployed 15,000 fighters for an expected offensive on the mountainous al-Qalamoun area north of Damascus, Syrian opposition sources told Al Arabiya.

The Syrian regime is also reportedly building up its forces in the area, located between Damascus and Homs, Syria’s third largest city to the north.

Hezbollah last spring helped the Syrian regime retake the town of Qusair on the border with Lebanon. Hezbollah said it interfered to “protect” Shiite Lebanese people living in the border area with Lebanon against alleged attacked by the armed Sunni rebels.

Hezbollah also justifies his involvement in Syria with the need to protect Shiite religious sites.

The Damascus-based Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas brigade, a close Hezbollah ally, said it will take part in the expected Qalamoun battle as a response to a recent attack on its headquarters in the capital’s Shiite district of Sayeda Zeinab.

Abbas’s brigade mainly constitutes Iraqis Shiite fighters who have been fighting alongside Assad’s army for months.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/10/31/Hezbollah-deploys-15-000-troops-for-anticipated-Qalamoun-battle.html

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

November 1, 2013 at 6:13 am

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