Iran, Hezbollah commanding forces located along Golan border - report

March 3, 2019 10:34
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Quneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria.

Golan Border (R370). (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Forces commanded by Hezbollah and Iran are facing Israel along the Golan Heights border and are being used as sources of tactical information, according to a report on the news site.

Hezbollah began returning home to Lebanon after fighting in the Syrian civil war for some eight years, the report said. The fighters, though worn out from the years of intense battle in Syria, were positioned by Iran on the border and tasked with being the "eyes and ears" for the Iranian High Command under the leadership of General Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The goal is for these troops to provide tactical intelligence on what is happening on both sides of the border.

The report further explained that an additional brigade of Shi'ite fighters was formed. It is comprised of men from Hezbollah, the Iraqi al-Hashd al-Shaabi, Afghani forces and villagers from north Syria. These men are now situated in the Jezreel Valley, north east of the southern Syrian capital Daraa. They will remain in Syria to watch the  southeastern Syrian-Israel border.

Similarly, Iranian and Hezbollah commanders are also in the Jezreel Valley in southern Syria. This brigade is focused on capturing the Golan border across from Israel; that border had previously been defeated by rebel and ISIS fighters.

Earlier this month, Al-Masdar News, a Lebanese news site that has been reported as supportive of Syrian President Bashar Assad, said the “Syrian army sent reinforcements to the Golan border.” This was the first time Syrian reinforcements were sent to the border since beginning operations in the Quneitra area near the border. Also, fighters from the pro-Assad National Defense Forces militia joined the reinforcements on the border.

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