According to a source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) at the T-4 Military Airport in east Homs, Hezbollah has mobilized more soldiers to help liberate the strategic desert city of Palmyra (Tadmur) after originally sending a small contingent to aid the government forces during the preliminary assault on the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) defenses.

Hezbollah’s fighting prowess in this rugged mountainous/desert terrain gives them a strategic advantage over several other units participating in this offensive.

Once Palmyra is liberated from ISIS, Hezbollah will likely turn their attention to the eastern slopes of the Qalamoun Mountains, where several terrorist groups have entrenched themselves near the town of Qarah on the Lebanese border.

So far, the Syrian Arab Army’s 81st and 120th brigades of the 2nd Division have done a good job of recovering several sites at the eastern slopes of the Qalamoun Mountains; however, the area around Jaroud Qarah continues to be a thorn in the government’s side due to ISIS’ ability to cross back-and-forth from Lebanon.

It is very likely that Hezbollah will shift their focus to the Qalamoun Mountains after Palmyra in order to begin the 3rd and final offensive to liberate this important mountain chain.

 

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