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article imageSyrian Army attacking opposition-strongholds near Lebanon border

By Paul Iddon     Mar 4, 2014 in Politics
The Syrian Army are engaging against the last of the Syrian opposition forces who are holding out near the Lebanese border. They are preparing to launch an offensive against the opposition-held town of Yabrud.
AFP reports that the rebel-held Yabrud town in the Qalamoun mountains is situated on a strategic highway which connects the Syrian capital Damascus with Syria's third largest city, Homs. This town is a crucial supply line for the opposition forces operating in that area.
The Syrian Army offensive to recapture Yabrud was began three weeks ago. They are now a mere mile away from the town. One officer was quoted as stating that," Our morale is high. We feel that the terrorist are confused."
He went on to state that, "We are about to tighten the noose around Yabrud."
The Syrian Army is backed by the Lebanese based Shi'ite militia Hezbollah, which is a close ally of the current regimes in Damascus and Tehran. They have been engaged with the army against Sunni forces such as the fundamentalist group Al-Nusra Front.
Kansas City News carries a report which says that hundreds of fundamentalist Saudi-backed ISIS ('Islamic State of Iraq and Syria') are rushing to the scene to aid their besieged Al-Nusra allies. Both these Sunni Islamist groups are against the other opposition forces who aren't fighting the regime in the Damascus in order to impose a totalitarian theocracy.
The aforementioned Hezbollah has said that it is important for it that Yabrud is cleared of all the opposition forces since it claims that it is an important conduit through which these forces have sent car bombs that have been the cause of many recent terrorist attacks in neighboring Lebanon.
ABC reports that Syrian military helicopters have dropped improvised barrel bombs on the outskirts of the town. These crudely devised weapons are designed solely to reap massive destruction in the narrow confines typical of urban environs.
Rami Abdel Rahman head of the activist analyst group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that the army does not plan on entering Yabrud yet but plans instead to "seize the surrounding villages and hills, [in order] to completely besiege the town."
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