WASHINGTON – In addition to the choice of a moderate to become Iran’s new president and plans to send some 4,000 troops from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps to Syria, the regime, along with its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, intends to open a new “Syrian Front” on the Golan Heights against Israel, Iranian sources said in a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The United States, meantime, has announced some kind of weapons support for the Syrian rebels, which analysts believe is too little, too late.
The analysts say it won’t be fast enough as Iran and Hezbollah plan their next military move to take over the strategic Syrian city of Aleppo, a move that could prove decisive in the civil war against the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Two weeks ago, the city of al-Qusayr in southern Syria, which is at the crossroads of routes for rebel supplies and manpower, was retaken by the Syrian army, with the help of Hezbollah.
This takeover allowed Assad to establish a land corridor from Damascus to the Alawite enclave in northwest Syria and up to the city of Homs and Hama. These cities constitute Shiite strongholds that lead down to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.
Aleppo, the commercial hub for all of Syria, is critical as Syrian, Hezbollah and now Iranian forces converge on the rebel-held location.
Sources say that the Iranian decision to inject 4,000 IRGC fighters is in response to the U.S. decision to arm the opposition with small arms.
While the U.S. intends to draw small arms from Jordan to give to rebels it believes won’t hand them off to al-Qaida-aligned foreign fighters, France and Great Britain still haven’t made a decision and probably wouldn’t be able to begin a supply train until August.
By then, sources say, the Syrian army should have Aleppo secured, making any such assistance almost moot.
To make life more interesting for the West, Iran and Hezbollah have announced that they will open up a Syrian front in the Golan Heights against Israel.
Sources believe some of the 4,000 IRGC troops that will be used to secure Aleppo could be further deployed to the Golan to take back that region, which will put them in a potentially direct confrontation with Israeli troops.
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