Syrian forces have essentially ousted the rebel forces from the town of Qusayr along the Lebanese border after a protracted and bloody battle, and only a small remnant of the town remains under rebel control.
The defeat is a major psychological blow for the rebels, and is also a sign of Hezbollah’s growing involvement, as the Lebanese militia participated in the battle in a big way, helping the Syrian government reclaim the town.
It marked the first high-profile use of Hezbollah fighters in an offensive role, as the group had previously participated in side-battles and positioned its forces to defend Shi’ite villages and religious sites. The rebels had been using Qusayr as a means of smuggling supplies in across the Lebanese border, and repeatedly attacked Lebanese sites in retaliation for Hezbollah’s involvement in the battle.
The rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) says that the involvement amounts to a Hezbollah “invasion,” and its leadership claimed over 7,000 Hezbollah fighters have crossed the border,more than Hezbollah is believed to have overall by most estimates. They also claimed Hezbollah’s involvement meant impending “massacres” and demanded international intervention on their behalf.
The US State Department also issued a statement condemning Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian Civil War as “unacceptable” and demanded they immediately withdraw. They made no similar comments about the large number of foreign jihadists fighting on behalf of the rebellion.
8 thoughts on “Hezbollah Plays Major Role in Capture of Qusayr”
What is "unacceptable" is US/Zionist war by terrorist proxies against the Syrian people. An overwhelming majority of which supports President Assad and SAA and are joining NDF and popular militia in growing numbers,young and old, in order to finally get rid of NATO´s and USA´s head-chopping, cannibal savages. THAT is an irony you can´t overcome.
Those are the people you and that old and confused fossil Mccain support. They will eventually turn against you and your sinking economies…
What is wrong when needing friends helps by a true friend.., is a slam in the face of those who wants for this war to continue, is a slam on the face of those tyrants and their barbarians…, for the "Syrian national coalition" must be a lessen that there is nothing out there for them any longer but to stop their stupidities by attending Geneva peace talks and start talking to the Syrian people.., not the tyrants nor the west. Look this war was lost before it even got started.., we said that when Hillary Clinton was in charge.., now is the Syrian nation turn to be in charge.
Good for Hezbollah!
"The US State Department demanded the immediate withdrawal of Hezbollah fighters from Syria. They made no comment about the large numbers of foreign jihardists fighting on behalf of the rebellion(terrorists)"
Typical DOUBLE STANDARDS of the US. When will these people learn that their time as Lords And Masters in the Middle East is over.
The US should shut up pack up out of the middle east they and the brits have done too much harm to its citizens.
"Ousted" suggests they got away. They didn't. The town is tightly surrounded. The reason the rebels are so frantic about this is that Assad is killing them to the last man. He is wiping out these rebels, in a new strategy of cordon and reduction instead of pushing rebels from place to place.
the idea that massacres will occur as a result of hezbollah intervention (followed artfully by Ditz's mention of a 'rebel' appeal for international intervention to stop them) may lead some to think hezbollah is about to massacre folks – e.g. non shi-ites – in Syria; according to ICH – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3… – the mention of massacre was in the form of a threat made by the 'rebels' themselves, which they claim, as reported, they will be forced to commit by way of retaliation.
Ha ha, anything to put a crimp in the plans of Zionist warmongers!
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