On Friday, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Hezbollah movement made announcement concerning deployment of additional fighters towards Syria’s Aleppo area. “The defense of Aleppo is the defense of the rest of the Syria, it is the defense of Damascus, it is also the defense of Lebanon and Iraq,” said Nasrallah.
Furthermore, during his live speech broadcast, as covered by Al Manar TV, the leader of the group emphasized on Aleppo’s importance from different perspectives. Hezbollah also admitted to losing over 20 of its fighters, inclusive of several military commanders within the month of June.
“Retreat is not permissible,” said Nasrallah. “We will increase our presence in the Aleppo city.” The war torn region has been serving as a battleground between rebels and government controlled military forces. Particularly in the northern area of Syria, locals have experienced extreme resistance between insurgent groups and the military.
During the last few months, peace talks started in Geneva, concerning a ceasefire or, ideally a peaceful resolution, to the on-going five year old conflict. Russia is willing to support President Bashar al Assad against Sunni insurgents by offering a mass scale air campaign. As a matter of fact, Russian forces have helped disrupt a rebel supply line between Aleppo and Turkey somewhere earlier in year 2016.
President Assad views rebel forces as terrorists, and Aleppo’s takeover would not only serve from a strategic point of view, but also be a huge win after a long battle. However, the ongoing conflict is taking a massive toll with respect to financial expenses at both sides. The Hezbollah movement group has denied anything pointing to possible fiscal issues so far, despite of United States’ intervention against the group’s funding channels.
According to a law that was passed last year in December, any bank or regulatory channel involved in funding Hezbollah campaigns will be barred and banned from American financial market.
Nasrallah said, “We are facing a new wave of projects of war against Syria, which are being waged in northern Syria, Particularly in the Aleppo region.” It is clear that no sign of weakness or retreat will be shown by rebel forces at any point during this conflict.