The Syrian Government
Counterattack In The South
By Moon Of Alabama
February 10, 2015 "ICH"
- Notice the wording in this Reuters
Syrian government launches
offensive against rebels in south
For Reuters Syria now has
- again - a "government", and not a "regime"
had labeled the Syrian government for a
quite a while. That is an important change.
The report says:
Syria's army gained
ground from rebels in the south on
Tuesday in what a monitoring group
described as a large-scale offensive in
the region backed by Lebanese Hezbollah
fighters against insurgents including al
Qaeda's Syrian wing.
"The operation started two days ago and
is very big," Rami Abdulrahman, head of
the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
monitoring group, said on Tuesday.
Abdulrahman said the
offensive aims to take a triangle of
rebel-held territory from rural areas
southwest of Damascus to Deraa city to
Quneitra. Syrian media and rebel sources
said on Tuesday that battles raged in
several areas of southern Syria.
The south eastern triangle
of Syria between the Golan and and Deraa had
been taken by Jabhat al-Nusra (disguised as
"moderate rebels") with the help of the
Israelis and the U.S. dominated "operations
room" in Jordan which distributes the
weapons Saudi Arabia and others supplied.
The general U.S. operation plan was, as we
reported in September, to let Nusra
attack Damascus from the south.
The current Syrian
government operation, long in planning, is
aimed at rolling back the Jabhat al_Nusra
attack if possible down to the Jordan
border. It is supported by Hizbullah (and
Iranian?) fighters who will likely do most
of work on the Golan heights.
Earlier Elijah J. Magnier
reported on the operation:
called d mil ops n Quneitra/Daraa "Shuhada'
al-Quneitra" referring 2 d #Israel/i
attack killing 6 Hezbollah & 1 #Iran/ian
The ongoing huge
military operation is run by #SAA and
#Hezbollah in the south and SW of #Syria
this ops as a prevention to an ongoing #JN
plan to attack #Lebanon from Hasbaiya
and to endanger #Damascus". #Syria.
This is no doubt the
communique' N. 2 of #Hezbollah to
#Israel following the Shebaa Farms
attack last week. #Syria #Lebanon.
("Shuhada" is the plural
of "Shaheed" which means Martyr. "Shuhada'
al-Quneitra" means "Martyrs of Quneitra".)
Several towns and areas
were already reported cleared today but this
likely will be a difficult and long fight.
The question is if or how
Israel will try to disrupt this campaign by
again supporting Jabhat al_Nusra with air
attacks, artillery strikes and supplies.
Hizbullah will surely have prepared some
"surprises" to challenge any Israeli support
to its enemies. Will the U.S. led operations
room try to counter the Syrian attack? How?
Will Jordan, now heavily involved against
the Islamic State, now also shun the IS
brethren Jabhat al-Nusra?