Assad regime, Hezbollah and Iranian forces military campaign on last rebel stronghold draws closer to border with Israel near Mt. Hermon; Hezbollah claims rebel forces negotiated surrender, Dec. 27, 2017.
The Syrian army backed by Hezbollah and Iranian forces continue to draw closer to Israel’s border as Shi’ite forces fight the last rebel stronghold in Syria.
Forces have accumulated on Israel and Lebanon’s borders as the Syrian regime, supported by Iran and Hezbollah, continue their two-month military campaign against rebel forces in the Beit Jin region.
Rebel forces on Tuesday reported that the Syrian army demanded surrender as its forces move closer to Mt. Hermon on the Sunni rebel stronghold, reporting heavy airstrikes over the past week. Latest reports from Hezbollah claim that rebel forces have agreed to negotiations to hand over control and evacuate civilians.
According to a recent report from Reuters, a rebel official, Suhaib al Ruhail, reported that Iran has been focused on creating strategic points on the border with Israel, stating “Iranian-backed militias are trying to consolidate their sphere of influence all the way from southwest of Damascus to the Israeli border.”
Israel has carried out numerous covert missions, attacking Hezbollah, Iranian and Syrian army targets in Syria. The last reported strikes were carried out in early December on a Syrian military base in Jamraya, near Damascus, the IDF’s second reported strike on the same target. Both the base, which is a scientific research center, and Syrian military warehouse storing Iranian weapons, were targeted.
The strikes came just two days after Israel attacked an Iranian military base outside of Damascus. Mixed Arab media reports claimed Israeli airstrikes, others a surface-to-surface missile attack.
Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated a recent remark by President Trump, clarifying amidst media deception that Iran and Islamic terrorism, not Jerusalem or Israel, are the root of conflict in the region. He stated “The US has said something else that is very important: The root of the general conflict in the Middle East does not lie in Israel, but in Iran and in radical Islam and the terrorism that it inspires. All of these are the true reasons that have been revealed to everyone. Whoever sees clearly and has integrity cannot deny them.”
Photo: Mt. Hermon, CC, 2017.