November 26, 2014

KNOWING YOUR ALLIES:

Hezbollah arrives in Iraq (Ali Hashem, 11/26/14, Al Monitor)

"It's very similar to what happened in Bosnia," the official source told Al-Monitor, "Iran supported the Muslims against Yugoslavia's Slobodan Milosevic, while the United States showed verbal support. It's the same in Iraq. We are the ones fighting on the ground and that's why the Iraqi forces, with the help of the volunteers and the peshmerga, were able to recapture several towns, while the airstrikes by the United States and its allies materialized nothing on the ground." According to the official, Iran's participation in the battle with IS in Iraq is still within the framework of military experts and few hundred well trained officers on the ground, "but Iran is ready to enhance its presence if the Iraqi government requested, if the battle field needs such addition."

Al-Monitor learned from an Iraqi military source on the ground that dozens of highly trained Lebanese Hezbollah military experts arrived in Iraq to help in the military management of the battle. "They aren't fighting, but they are helping with the tactics, as they are well experienced in such battles. They understand the mentality of the IS fighters more than anyone on the ground," the source said. Yet, he ruled out the possibility, at least for now, that Hezbollah's fighters would get involved directly in the war. "Iraqi fighters, the army and the volunteers are capable of ending this war by themselves," he said.


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