BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – Hezbollah has emerged stronger after participating in the Syrian War for the last five years, the Soufan Group said in a new report on Monday.
“While the so-called ‘Party of God’ has suffered significant casualties in Syria, losing nearly 2,000 fighters throughout the course of the war, it has gained valuable combat experience, and improved its interoperability and exposure to new weapons systems,” the report said.
“During its deployment to Syria, Hezbollah gained invaluable experience fighting across a range of terrains, from urban redoubts to austere rural environments. Hezbollah also gained valuable experience fighting against adversaries other than Israel, its most familiar foe. In Syria, Hezbollah clashed with other non-state actors, including highly capable groups like the so-called Islamic State.”
“Hezbollah will benefit from training with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF) and Russian special operations troops—experience sure to enhance its interoperability, improve command and control, and provide training on a range of new weapons systems, including emerging technologies like unmanned aerial systems,” the report highlighted.
The report also discussed Hezbollah’s expanded role in the region, including their ties with groups like the Houthi forces and their opposition to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.