Hezbollah’s infantry is arguably one of the best military units operating inside Syria; and when you amalgamate them with the experienced tank battalions from the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division, they become an omnipotent force on the ground.
In fact, there has not been a battle in this war that the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division and Hezbollah have failed to win together.
From the al-Qusayr battle (May 2013) to the massive Qalamoun Mountain offensive (December 2013 and June 2015), these two forces have proven extremely effective when fighting next to one another.
When Hezbollah was transferred to the southern Aleppo front after their victory at the strategic border-city of al-Zabadani, they were joined by the same soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division that fought side-by-side with them.
While it is rare to see the SAA’s 4th Division and Hezbollah conversing during brief breaks from battle, they share a common respect for one another that is evident on the battlefield.
The SAA’s 154th Brigade (4th Mechanized Division) is predominately made-up of Sunni soldiers from the Aleppo Governorate; meanwhile, Hezbollah is made-up of solely Lebanese Shi’i, but the religious differences don’t seem to matter – on the battlefield, they are one cohesive unit.
Yes, the west’s nightmare comes to reality: Shi’i, Sunni, and Alawi Muslims fighting together with the Druze, Ismaeli, and Christians against Gulf-backed Islamists.
If you were to say that this heterogeneous force was only made up of Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, and Iranians, you would be surprised to see the hundreds of Palestinians from Liwaa al-Quds (Jerusalem Brigade) fighting side-by-side with them.
Regardless of their religious affiliation or ethnic group, these men all share one common goal: victory.