Syria Making Gains in Bid to Regain Golan, with Help of Hizbullah and Iran

(Ha'aretz) Jack Khoury and Amos Harel - A joint offensive by the Assad regime, Hizbullah and advisers from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in southern Syria has registered some early successes, as regime forces retook several towns from rebel groups. The area being targeted runs from the town of Daraa to the southern part of the border with Israel on the Golan Heights. The operation reflects an attempt by Syrian President Assad to push rebels out of areas they took control over in the second half of 2014. In recent weeks, rebel groups have shot rockets from the south toward Damascus several times. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem announced a few days ago that Syria will not allow the rebels to establish a "security zone" for Israel near the border between the two countries.

2015-02-13 00:00:00

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