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Hezbollah loses another
field commander in Syria

Mahdi Hassan Obeid was killed days after the death of one of the party's most senior commanders in Syria.

Mahdi Hassan Obeid. (image via Aksalser.com)

BEIRUT – A Hezbollah field commander has been killed in fierce fighting north of Hama, days after the death of one of the party’s most senior military chiefs in Syria.

 

The pro-Hezbollah SouthLebanon.org website announced Monday evening that Mahdi Hassan Obeid had been killed “while undertaking his holy jihadist duty to confront the mercenaries of infidelity and Wahhabism,” a reference to Sunni Islamist rebels in Syria.

 

His death notice did not specify where Obeid had been killed, however pan-Arab and Lebanese media outlets reported that the Hezbollah commander had died in fighting in either the northern Hama province or in neighboring Idlib, where the regime launched a major offensive last week.

 

Obeid—who was also known as Al-Hajj Abou Rida—hailed from the Bekaa town of Ansar.

 

Formal notices of Obeid’s death came only hours after thousands of Hezbollah supporters in the southern town of Louaize held a funeral for party commander Hassan Hussein al-Hajj, who was killed Saturday in Syria.

 

An anonymous Lebanese official told Reuters that Hajj was the “most important [Hezbollah] figure killed in battles in Syria since the start of the war.”

 

Al-Akhbar lionized Hajj in a eulogy published Monday, calling him “one of the most prominent leaders of the resistance, and one of those in charge of the front line facing the Israeli enemy.”

 

A number of Hezbollah field commanders have been killed in the party’s military campaigns on behalf of the Bashar al-Assad regime.

 

Most of them have died in battlefronts near the Lebanese border, however reports of Hezbollah casualties in northern Syria have increased in recent days as the party has dispatched troops to join the regime’s massive offensive in the region.

 

The Syrian regime on October 7 launched a wide-scale military operation in the northern Hama province in a bid to push rebels back in the area as part of a wider strategy focused on securing the frontlines along the government’s coastal heartland. 

 

The offensive has been backed by heavy Russian airstrikes, while pro-Hezbollah Al-Akhbar reported Tuesday that Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) troops would soon begin operations to support the regime. 

Mahdi Hassan Obeid. (image via Aksalser.com)

The pro-Hezbollah SouthLebanon.org website announced Monday evening that Mahdi Hassan Obeid had been killed “while undertaking his holy jihadist duty to confront the mercenaries of infidelity and Wahhabism."

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    Shiites, like Jews, thrive on victimhood. Jews use it to blackmail others while staying stuck in Bronze Age lore. Shiites use it to remain "downtrodden", backward and stuck in the chest-thumping machine. How do these people reconcile being perennial victims with belief in a loving God is beyond reason. Christians vicariously redeemed themselves out of the victimhood syndrome by murdering one man and are thus able to escape their own Gulag, if they so choose.

    October 15, 2015