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Iranian, Iraqi Shi’ite Reinforcement Arrives to Aleppo | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Mohammad, a 13 year-old fighter from the Free Syrian Army, aims his weapon as he runs from snipers loyal to the Syrian regime in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Basha district Oct. 29, 2013. Mohammad joined the Free Syrian Army after his father died during clashes with the Syrian regime. The gun he is using was his father’s. Molhem Barakat / Reuters

London- In light of recent fierce clashes erupting across Syria’s Aleppo front pitting Pro-Bashar al-Assad forces and opposition forces, embattled groups called in for reinforcement.

Hundreds of fighters along with artillery are arriving to Aleppo fronts and northern rural areas, preparing for a massive and decisive battle aiming to restore full control over the city.

Pro-regime forces have registered grave losses in their last Aleppo battle, the losses called for a reassessment leading to the release of Assad’s chief of Aleppo security committee Brig. Gen. Ahmad Adeeb from all duties to be replaced by Deputy Commander of the Republican Guard Brigadier Zaid Saleh.

An estimated 2000 Shi’ite militiamen have arrived to aid pro-regime forces in Aleppo. Footage featuring Iranian and Iraqi Shi’ite militia arriving to Aleppo’s rural areas was circulated online.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard- backed Fars news agency reported that an approximated 2000 fighters who belong to the Iraqi Shi’ite movement, Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, have arrived to Aleppo to fight against the Army of Conquest, otherwise known by Jaish al-Fatah.

The anti-regime Army of Conquest managed to break the Assad siege posed against some of Aleppo’s western neighborhoods.

Fars also published that an elite of Lebanon-based Hezbollah mercenaries, named the “Rezwan forces”, have been deployed and arrived to Aleppo’s Hamdania neighborhood. The battalion was sent as reinforcement for pro-regime forces aiming to break into Ramousah area, Aleppo.

Ramousah occurring clashes had cost Iranian militia and pro-regime forces strategic positions.

Fars also allegedly reported that the USN (United States Navy) fleet deployed to the Mediterranean delivers intelligence services to Syria opposition-forces on pro-regime forces and Iranian militia locations.

The Revolutionary Guard news agency also acknowledged the effective advancement the Army of Conquest made across a strategic axis. The opposition group was able to restore control over a major army artillery base in the northern city of Aleppo.

The Army of Conquest had published a voice recording online, in which a member of the so-called ‘Hezbollah’ gunmen in Syria reports the deteriorating morality among pro-regime ranks.

The militant reported that Syrian Assad forces and some Iranians had fled their positions, leaving the Lebanon-based so-called Hezbollah militias abandoned and fighting alone.