Hezbollah prepares for massive offensive in southern Aleppo

A group of Hezbollah fighters take position in Sujoud village in south Lebanon September 13, 2008. Hezbollah reproduced the operation attack on an Israeli occupation position made by Hadi Nasrallah, a Hezbollah fighter and the eldest son of the group's leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, to commemorate his death during the operation in September 13, 1997. REUTERS/ Ali Hashisho (LEBANON)


Hezbollah has reportedly mobilized its forces to the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this week, as they prepare to storm Jaysh Al-Fateh’s stronghold at Khan Touman.

Backed by Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary) and the Syrian Republican Guard, Hezbollah will attempt to reclaim the strategic town of Khan Touman, which was captured by the jihadist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh this past summer.

According to a Syrian military source in Damascus, Hezbollah is expected to lead this charge to capture Khan Touman, while the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” focus on the southwestern corridor of Aleppo City.

Khan Touman is strategically located along the Aleppo Damascus Highway (M-5 Highway); its proximity to the Idlib Governorate makes it an imperative military objective for both the Syrian Army and Hezbollah.

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