October 25, 2015

THE SHI'ITE CRESCENT VS THE ALAWITES:

Could a Hezbollah offensive test Russia-Iran alliance in Syria? (Nicholas Blanford, Correspondent OCTOBER 22, 2015, CS Monitor)

While most of the attention on Syria is focused on a wave of regime-led and Russian-backed campaigns in the north, a smaller offensive led by Lebanon's Hezbollah organization is underway in the south adjacent to Israel's front line.

The offensive in Quneitra province, in part intended to reverse recent rebel gains in the area, underlines the importance Shiite Hezbollah and its patron Iran attach to the strategic territory near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The operation could cast light on whether Russia and Iran, the two main powers supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, have agendas that coincide or diverge. 

Iran is in Syria to aid the Shi'a, not Assad.
Posted by at October 25, 2015 11:01 AM
  

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