Hezbollah Forces Move Toward Syria’s Northern City of Aleppo

Fighters Eye Stalemate in Nation's Industrial Capital

by Jason Ditz, June 02, 2013

Having joined the Syrian Civil War in earnest in the fight over the border town of Qusayr, the Hezbollah militia is said to be deploying a large portion of its fighters north to the nation’s industrial and financial capital of Aleppo.

Or rather, its former industrial and financial capital. Once Syria’s largest city, Aleppo has turned into a large collection of warzones over the past year, with both sides constantly predicting a decisive shift in their favor but the city now stalemated for a solid 10 months. Life in the city has ground to a halt.

Hezbollah officials confirming the deployment to Aleppo hint that they are moving again stalemated places “where they think they are safe,” predicting such areas will “fall like dominoes.”

Of course there is no reason to believe Hezbollah’s own optimism is any more grounded in reality than the optimism of anyone else who thought they’d break that stalemate over the last 10 months, but the influx of fighters does seem to have put the rebels on a defensive footing, at least for the time being.

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