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Syria: New group Jaysh Tahrir as-Sham takes on Hezbollah

BEIRUT – A newly formed rebel group says it has launched an operation against pro-regime forces, including Hezbollah fighters, along the Damascus-Baghdad highway.

Jaysh Tahrir as-Sham, which was formed in late March, announced Thursday that it had “seized control of the Baghdad-Damascus” highway running northeast of the capital.

“[We] have liberated several points that were under the control of Hezbollah,” the group’s terse statement added.

One of the militant group’s field commanders told the pro-opposition AlSouria Net news outlet that Jaysh Tahrir as-Sham fighters seized the “strategic points” in the eastern Qalamoun mountains following a dawn sneak attack.

He further claimed that the rebels had killed “dozens of Hezbollah and regime forces,” adding that the regime responded with heavy air raids and artillery fire originating from the nearby town of Ruhaybah.

No independent verification of the purported fighting was available, however the Syrain Observatory for Human Rights reported Thursday that deadly fighting erupted on the outskirts of the eastern Qalamoun region between Islamist battalions and pro-regime forces.

The monitoring group did not elaborate further, however the mountainous area on the eastern slopes has not witnessed much sustained fighting in recent weeks.

Jaysh Tahrir as-Sham announced its formation in a YouTube video released March 25 in which the group’s leader, Captain Fares Bitar, announced that the rebel organization’s goal was to “liberate Syria from Assad’s gangs and Iranian occupation [as well] as its mercanaries.”

Bitar, one of the early defectors from the Syrian army, has served as an officer in the different Free Syrian Army outfits that have operated in the eastern Qalamoun region.

Iran helping Hamas, Hezbollah build fleet of suicide drones

 Iran is building an explosive fleet of so-called “suicide kamikaze drones” while also providing know-how on assembling these new weapons to its terrorist allies Hamas and Hezbollah, according to a new report commissioned by the US Army.

The report, which was cited by the American daily newspaper The Washington Times and published by the Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, states that “no aspect of Iran’s overt military program has seen as much development over the past decade as Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).”

“Whereas a decade ago Iran’s UAVs and drones were largely for show, a platform with little if any capability, the Iranian military today boasts widespread use of drones, employed not only by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC),
but also by the regular army, both regular and IRGC navy, and the regular and IRGC air forces.”

This development is significant for Israel because both Hamas and Hezbollah have sought to deploy drones which have penetrated Israeli airspace.

Thus far, they have not managed to cause damage, though drones outfitted with explosives could inflict casualties against soldiers and civilians.

“In a mid-February speech, regular army General Abdolrahim Moussavi outlined the army’s growing use of drones, with emphasis on suicide or kamikaze drones,” according to the US Army report. “While it is easy to dismiss the idea of a suicide drone as more symbolic than real in an age of cruise missiles and precise Predators, utilizing suicide drones is an asymmetric strategy which both allows Iran to compete on an uneven playing field and poses a risk by allowing operators to pick and choose targets of opportunity over a drone’s multi-hour flight duration.”

The Supreme Council of Cyberspace


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