Thousands of Iranian troops ‘arrive in Syria’ for Aleppo offensive

Thousands of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join the regime’s military forces and Hizbollah allies to launch a ground attack against insurgents in Aleppo, two senior regional officials have said.

Control of Aleppo city and the surrounding province in the area near the Turkish border is divided among the Syrian government, insurgent groups fighting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) that controls some rural areas near the city.

“The big battle preparations in that area are clear,” one of the officials told Reuters news agency. “There is a large mobilisation of the Syrian army … elite Hizbollah fighters, and thousands of Iranians who arrived in stages in recent days.”

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Iranian Shia militias hacking up ISIS followers is going to be like a matchup of Nazi dinosaurs and Communist robots, from the future.
    I’m not sure who I should be rooting for.

  • This could get bigger fast. A genuine Shia vs Suni religious war, with way too many outside players.

    The only role the US should play is to save the Christians.

    Otherwise get out of the way and let the blood flow.

  • k1962

    Muslim fighting Muslim, sweet. Hope it’s a long war like the Iran Iraq war.

  • mauser 98

    Telegraph article says hundreds of troops

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    What makes Hezbollah fighters “elite?”