Hezbollah – in coordination with Syrian Arab Army’s 42nd and 63rd Brigades of the 4th Mechanized Division – spent two months combatting Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” inside the resort-city of Al-Zabadani before a six month ceasefire agreement ended the hostilities between the two opposing sides.
With the recent ceasefire agreement implemented; this has brought upon new opportunities for the Lebanese Resistance, including their participation in the strategic battle for the Aleppo Governorate that has become a stalemate over the last few months.
However, with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) pressing to enter the provincial capital of the Aleppo Governorate, Hezbollah’s allies from the Syrian Armed Forces are under their gravest threat at the Sheikh Najjar Industrial District that leads into the northern sector of the city.
Now, the Syrian Armed Forces are striking back against their enemies and they enlisted the help of their allies from the Lebanese Resistance to reclaim the territory captured by ISIS and the Islamist rebels inside Aleppo.
According to a military source inside the provincial capital, a convoy of reinforcements – numbering between 150-200 fighters – from the Lebanese Resistance have arrived in Aleppo City to prepare for a wide-scale offensive that is expected to start in the coming weeks.
Earlier this month, over 1,000 Iraqi Shi’i fighters arrived to Aleppo City in order to prepare for this aforementioned offensive; but now, they are now joined by Hezbollah and several senior officers from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Central Command.
The target of this offensive has not yet been released; however, it is likely that Hezbollah and the Iraqi Shi’i militiamen will concentrate their efforts on lifting the three year long siege of Al-Zahra’a and Nubl – two predominately Shi’i towns in northern Aleppo.