Hezbollah Gains Control over Most Al-Nusra Front Strongholds in Qalamoun
The Lebanese Hezbollah resistance fighters, backed by the Syrian army, gained back control over 80 percent of the strongholds of the Al-Nusra Front in the strategic region of al-Qalamoun in Damascus countryside.
The Hezbollah fighters took control of over 80 percent of Al-Nusra bases in al-Qalamoun region, FNA dispatches from the region said on Friday.
The resistance forces took control of over 40 terrorist bases after purging them from a 330 sq/k area.
On Wednesday, the army units and Hezbollah fighters took back Moussa hilltop from the terrorists’ control in Al-Qalamoun.
The Syrian army troops and Hezbollah also regained control of 50% of Ras al-Maara barrens, and recaptured several strategic positions, leaving a large group of terrorists dead.
The sources said that Mashrou’ Haq Zeaiter, Jour Beit Abdul Haq, and Abdul Haq hilltops in al-Qalamoun, which are also located in the Eastern countryside of the Lebanese town of Nahleh, have been recaptured in the joint operations of the Syrian army men and the Hezbollah forces against the terrorist groups’ strongholds.
The sources added that several terrorist were also killed or wounded in the abovementioned battlefield.
The military observers believe that the gains in Al-Qalamoun region will prevent militants from launching attacks at the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.
Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fuelled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 210,000 people, according to reports. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year.