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Hezbollah, Iranian Forces Advancing Against Al-Qaida-Backed Rebels Near Golan Heights

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Hezbollah flags being waived outside 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference, on March 2, 2014. Photo: Algemeiner.

Hezbollah and Iranian forces are advancing against al-Qaeda-backed rebels in southern Syria. Photo: Algemeiner. – Hezbollah and Iranian forces are advancing against al-Qaida-backed rebel forces in southern Syria near the Golan Heights.

Hezbollah and Iranian forces, in support of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, have been attempting to retake the region from the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front forces, which took control of the area late last summer.

“The operations are being led by Hezbollah’s special forces,” said Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, The Associated Press reported. “Their aim appears to be to eventually reach areas bordering the occupied Golan and set up a border zone under Hezbollah’s control.”

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According to the Abdulrahman, the operation began two days ago and aims to take control of rebel-held territory southwest of Damascus to Dera’a and Quneitra, which is near the Israeli Golan Heights.

Syria state media and Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV network reported that their forces were able to seize the rebel stronghold of Deir al-Adas.

Last month, an Israeli airstrike in the same region killed six Hezbollah operatives and six Iranians, including Hezbollah commander Jihad Mughniyeh and Iranian general Mohammad Ali Allahdadi.

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