Muhamad al-Imam

Hezbollah is losing in Yabroud

Recent rebel offensives have inflicted heavy losses on the Party and its allies

Hezbollah fighters

DAMASCUS, Syria – Multiple sources within Syrian rebel brigades have reported that more than 70 Hezbollah militants and Syrian army personnel were recently killed in a single night operation. According to these sources, the pro-regime forces were “liquidated in their tents in surprise carnage, leaving none of them the chance to get out of bed or defend himself.”


The Syrian rebel sources insisted to NOW that Hezbollah has lost in Yabroud. “Military pressure on Hezbollah is increasing,” they said. “It has retreated from the Sahl front and is unable to achieve any breakthroughs on the Rima front. News has been coming in about Hezbollah suffering from as many as 300 killed and hundreds wounded in clashes with the [Free] Syrian Army.”


One FSA fighter told NOW that regime army units fighting alongside Hezbollah and Iraqi Shiite brigades had recently unified under a single aegis known as the “Assad ISIS Brigades” and are fighting on the Quneitra and Qalamoun fronts. However, pro-Assad Druze have refused to fight in Qalamoun since the battle started, and had returned to their regions in Jermana and the Tadamoun camp to the south of Damascus.


A rebel activist in Qalamoun said that the rebels on the Rima front have gone on the offensive over the past couple of days and took control of the “Flag” hill, which is adjacent to the Homs-Damascus highway from the Rima Farms side. They inflicted casualties of 70 Lebanese and Iraqi fighters on the pro-Assad camp, gaining control of a sector previously held by Hezbollah and burning the tents the Party had erected.


In retaliation against the latest rebel operations, regime helicopters shelled cars driven by those displaced along the road from Yabroud to Arsal, causing heavy civilian losses. “We are still unable to evacuate the bodies of displaced martyrs due to the shelling of cars,” said an FSA source in Fleeta. “Helicopters are still hovering in the area and we do not have any anti-aircraft guns to deal with them.”


Residential areas away from the front in several Qalamoun villages and cities are being pounded by regime artillery and rocket launchers, on top of the air raids that have hit them constantly since the start of the battle. The shelling and raids are targeting residential buildings, mosques, and churches. Only a few hundred families remain in Yabroud following the major wave of displacements, with most of the displaced bound for the Lebanese town of Arsal. All utility services, including water, electricity, and telecommunications, have been destroyed, and the siege has wiped out basic amenities such as food, water, and heating resources in a barren region already confronted with an unusually harsh winter.


Sources in the Syrian capital reported that Bashar al-Assad recently met with the national and municipal leadership of the ruling Baath party. During the meeting, he stressed Damascus’ utmost importance as the country’s capital and the need to secure it using all available military and security force, arguing that it is the heart of the state whose fall would be tantamount to conclusive defeat. According to these sources, the regime is working on reconcentrating its troops in and around the capital. This might be a prelude to cooling down the Qalamoun front in return for an increased presence of regime troops and their allied militias to the south and west of Damascus in anticipation of mounting pressure to “take action on the southern front” based from Daraa and Quneitra.


In this context, an activist in Al-Qutayfah told NOW that the regime recalled some of its troops positioned to the north of Damascus, thus bringing a “third brigade” into the capital. A convoy of 30 pickup trucks transporting Hezbollah soldiers vacated Party-held positions on the Qalamoun front and retreated towards Abadiyeh in Lebanon. This may indicate a potential Hezbollah repositioning in Syria in order to reduce its participation specifically on the Qalamoun front and expand it in other areas to the south and in the immediate vicinity of Damascus.


This article was translated from the original Arabic.

Hezbollah fighters. (Image via Wordpress)

"News has been coming in about Hezbollah suffering from as many as 300 killed and hundreds wounded in clashes with the [Free] Syrian Army.”

  • kam.jana.7

    i thought hezbollah was losing in yabrud what happened Monsieur?

    March 16, 2014

  • Mowaten961

    hahahaha all based on "rebel sources".. very credible infos fo' sure

    March 5, 2014

  • keti.raicheva

    Hezbollahs Direction must faster going in the Prison!!!KETI.RAICHEVA KETI.RAICHEVA- CONGRATULATIONS FOR PRESIDENT OF LEBANON SULEIMAN! KETI.RAICHEVA CONGRATULATIONS FOR PRISONERS!!! LEBANESE INSTITUTIONS NO SAVE HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE ALL PRISONERS IN LEBANON!!! Lebanese Institutions must SAVE HUMAN RIGHTS TO ALL PRISONERS IN LEBANESE PRISONS!!! Lebanon is CULTURAL ARABIC CENTRE OR NO? WHY LEBANON INSTITUTIONS NO SAVE HUMAN RIGHTS TO PRISONERS? Our relative Talal Khalil-63 years old stay INNOCENT AND VERY ILL IN PRISON "ROUMIEH" in Beyrut, Lebanon! My husband Talal Mohamed Khalil with heart hit and with Bronhopneumonia in Prison Roumieh! Talal must goo faster to the hospital!!! Talal Khalil MUST SAT AT LIBERTY! Talal Mohamed Khalil is INNOCENT AND MUST BE A FREEDOM! Hezbollahs Direction make LEBANON TO BIG PRISON!!! Hezbollah kidnapped Talal Khalil on the 25.11.2012y. Hezbollah maked 65 DAYS TORTURE to MY BULGARIAN HUSBAND TALAL MOHAMED KHALIL!!! Hezbollah has NO RIGHTS KIDNAP AND TORTURE PEOPLES! Why Lebanese Institutions ALLOW to Hezbollah make so much CRIMES! Hezbollahs Direction MAKE SO MUCH CRIMES IN LEBANON!!! Hezbollahs Direction must FASTER GOO TO THE PRISON!!! HEZBOLLAH IS NO LEBANESE COURT OR POLICE! WHERE IS STATE LEBANESE INSTITUTIONS THAT MUST SAVE HUMAN RIGHTS IN LEBANON? Talal Khalil stay in Prison Roumieh ONE YEAR AND THREE MONTHS WITHOUT EVIDANCE OF CRIME! HAVE NO JUSTICE IN LEBANON! We continue make PROTESTS ON THE FRONT LEBANESE EMBASSY IN BULGARIA AND GERMANY!!! EVRY DAY WE WRITING TO EUROPEAN MEDIA AND INSTITUTIONS FOR UNJUST ACTS IN LEBANON! We continue OUR STRUGGLE EVRY DAY FOR TALALS KHALIL FREEDOM!!! European Citizens :Katy Raytcheva Khalil, Cristina Borisova, Antoanet Ruseva, Nicola Grigorov , Erika Weinhart ,Fabian Antonio,Jordan Kirov and another Europeans Bulgarian and Germany Citizens February 28, 2014 February 28, 2014 March 1, 2014 Reply

    March 1, 2014

  • Vlad Tepes

    Ssmells of ... . A Hezbollah encampment not monitored and having watchmen prepared for possible terrorist attacks. Your rebel sources are desperately looking to save face as they slowly become a nonentity.

    March 1, 2014

  • Mowaten961

    dont you know HA fighters go to the front line and then all take a nap at the same moment? ;)

    March 5, 2014

  • jichi.g.ali

    ... lies lies shame on you to report lies to hell with you and them

    February 28, 2014

  • tony.rossini.35

    Lol.....what a lot of bollox. This is the same type of terrorist propaganda like Quaysar

    February 28, 2014