Importantly, the overall dynamics of such operations in the majority of such crises in the end in favor of Assad. Even suffering setbacks at the tactical and operational level, strategically, Assad continues to strengthen its position, expanding the controlled area. The successful conclusion of operations in Northern Hama will also serve to strengthen this trend, which originated in the fall of 2015.
Of course at this stage the fighting in North Hama not only hinder the development of the offensive of the SAA to the East of Aleppo, but also make it difficult to implement more ambitious plans related to the promotion, in Raqqa province, where the United States with the Kurds gradually develop success from Tabqa, continuing to bend the line on the environment of the capital of the Caliphate.
The Syrian army stated on March 17 that during a RAID on a convoy “Hezbollah” shot down an Israeli aircraft. The IDF then officially denied any losses, but today admitted that during the RAID was lost one drone. At the same time, Israel claims that the drone fell itself, and was not shot down by Syrian air defense.
There was quite a remarkable report focuses on the updated hybrid strategy of Iran in the Syrian war. This topic is quite narrowly covered in the media, and interested Americans to demonize Iran itself is quite clear, given the fact that the new White House administration has already identified Iran among the main opponents of the US in the region. However, the report has many interesting points.
Overall, this is another local crisis on the familiar scenario. At the moment, from the area of fighting received enough conflicting information, although it is unlikely here the Caliphate will be able to make significant progress that changes the operational situation to the West of the province of Raqqa. As a maximum, will for some time to create a local crisis with the standard threat to the supply of strategic road.
The militants here in Dec put up a stubborn resistance to hold the strategically important valley, upon which they could affect the water supply of Damascus. Attack from the South, the militants are confident enough to beat it. But the Syrians came in on the other hand, the impact of the SAA and groups “Hezbollah” to the North of the valley, led to the fact that the rebels lost a number of tactically important heights and their position in the Western part of Wadi Barada has deteriorated. After that, they immediately asked for an armistice.
In a network there was video where fighters among Lebanese “Hezbollah” examining the battlefield in Aleppo, lit up our men fighting with the Lebanese. Write that it is possible the men of the Special Operations Forces operating in combat formations “Hezbollah” the same way as in the combat formations of the Kurds working with American commandos. It is not excluded that the required videos were “PMCs”.