Hizbullah Deploys 15,000 Troops in Syria for Anticipated Qalamoun Battle

(Al Arabiya) Hizbullah has deployed 15,000 fighters for an expected offensive in the al-Qalamoun area north of Damascus, Syrian opposition sources said. The Syrian regime is also building up its forces in the area. The Damascus-based Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas brigade, a close Hizbullah ally comprised of Iraqi Shiite fighters who have been fighting alongside Assad's army for months, said it also will take part in the expected battle. Asharq al-Awsat reported that both the U.S. and Russia are trying to prevent the al-Qalamoun battle from happening.

2013-11-01 00:00:00

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