Hezbollah, Iranian forces advancing against al-Qaeda-backed rebels near Golan Heights

The Hezbollah flag flies in Syria. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Hezbollah and Iranian forces are advancing against al-Qaeda-backed rebel forces in southern Syria near the Golan Heights.

Hezbollah and Iranian forces, in support of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, have been attempting to retake the region from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front forces, which took control of the area late last summer. 

“The operations are being led by Hezbollah’s special forces,” said Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Associated Press reported. “Their aim appears to be to eventually reach areas bordering the occupied Golan and set up a border zone under Hezbollah’s control.”

According to the Abdulrahman, the operation began two days ago and aims to take control of rebel-held territory southwest of Damascus to Dera’a and Quneitra, which is near the Israeli Golan Heights. 

Syria state media and Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV network reported that their forces were able to seize the rebel stronghold of Deir al-Adas. 

Last month, an Israeli airstrike in the same region killed six Hezbollah operatives and six Iranians, including Hezbollah commander Jihad Mughniyeh and Iranian general Mohammad Ali Allahdadi. 

Posted on February 11, 2015 .