Syrian Army, Hezbollah Storm Militants in Quneitra, Kill Dozens, Retake Tal-Ahmar

Military sources in Quneitra informed on Tuesday that the Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah have taken a heavy toll from the terrorist groups and recaptured Tal-Ahmar hill in a major joint offensive in the Southwestern province.

The sources said that the Syrian soldiers stormed the positions of the militant groups in the nearby areas of Tal-Ahmar and retook full control over this strategic hilltop.

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The Aleppo offensive is about to begin!

Hundreds of soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF), and other pro-government militias poured into the provinces of Aleppo and Homs on Monday morning, as they prepare for two massive offensives against the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).

The first wave of reinforcements were sent from the National Defense Forces stronghold of Masyaf in east Tartous to the Syrian Government’s stronghold at Al-Safira in east Aleppo; these men have joined the entrenched soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army’s “Cheetah Forces” (Tiger Forces branch) that have already began an operation to lift the two year long ISIS siege of the Kuweries Military Airport.

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How Putin will Win in Syria

According to South Front: “Lieutenant General Andrey Kartapolov, head of the Main Operation Directorate of the General Staff of Russia’s armed forces, said the strikes have significantly reduced the terrorists’ combat capabilities.” In other words, the Russian offensive is already producing positive results. This is no small matter. By most accounts, the conflict had deteriorated into a stalemate. Now, with Russia in the picture, that’s changed. Now the table is clearly tilted in Syria’s favor.

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Russian Soldiers to Join Fight in Syria

The Russian disclosure that so-called volunteer forces might soon be in Syria fueled speculation of an impending ground offensive against insurgents, one that would involve unprecedented coordination among Mr. Assad’s allies.

It could include Syria’s army fortified by forces from Russia, Iran and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, which has deployed fighters in Syria for years to help Mr. Assad. Likely targets are Army of Conquest insurgents who threaten Mr. Assad’s coastal strongholds from territory they have seized in Idlib Province, in the north.

After the Turkish airspace incident — which, at least in theory, could have escalated into a confrontation between Russia and NATO — an Obama administration official called Russia’s behavior “deliberately provocative,” while Admiral Komoyedov said his country’s “volunteers” on the way to Syria “cannot be stopped.”

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