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Secretary General of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said that the battle of al-Qalamoun is a major victory on the ground and a great and very significant military achievement, as terrorists there suffered a resounding defeat and were chased out of all engagement zones.

In a televised speech broadcast on Saturday, Nasrallah said that military experts can elaborate on the significance of this achievement on military and technical levels, particularly since the battle took place in mountainous terrain spreading in an area 30 km long and 10 km wide.

He said that the battle in al-Qalamoun has been going on for days between the Syrian Arab Army, Syrian popular forces, and the Lebanese resistance on one side, and terrorist organizations including Jabhet al-Nusra and ISIS on the other side.

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Nasrallah explained the direct results of this ongoing battle being a resounding defeat for armed groups that were chased out of engagement zones, with around 300 square kilometers being reclaimed from these groups whose armed presence has been completed obliterated in this area in addition to inflicting heavy losses in personnel and equipment on them.

He noted that the battlefield extends across the wilderness of al-Qalamoun range in Syria and a large part of the Eastern Lebanon Mountain Range, encompassing hills, mountains, valleys, and rough terrain, with several vital sites, particularly on heights overlooking Syrian and Lebanese towns, in addition to several training camps for armed groups, workshops for manufacturing car bombs, rallying points, weapon and ammo caches, command rooms, and most importantly crossing points used for transporting weapons and gunmen from Ersal to al-Qalamoun and then to al-Zabadani and other areas in Damascus Countryside.

Nasrallah said that the battle included several violent clashes that caused terrorists to flee in defeat after sustaining heavy losses, and not retreat or evacuate without fighting as some media outlets claimed, adding that the battle has resulted in isolating al-Zabadani area from the rest of the gunmen in al-Qalamoun and Ersal, cutting off supply lines to terrorists in Damascus Countryside.

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He stressed that this victory provides more protection and safety for Syrian towns in al-Qalamoun from the attacks of armed groups, as well as the road between Homs and Damascus and several towns in Lebanon, adding that victory cannot be fully achieved as long as there are any terrorists in Ersal and part of al-Qalamoun.

Hezbollah’s Secretary General noted that the direct results of the battle also include better geographical advantage through controlling heights that allow the Syrian Arab Army and the Lebanese resistance to survey wide areas which are now within the range of their firepower, thereby limiting terrorists’ movement.

On the number of martyrs, Nasrallah refuted claims by some Lebanese and Arab media outlets that back armed groups which exaggerated the number of martyrs, affirming that only 13 martyrs have fallen so far from Hezbollah and 7 martyrs have fallen from the Syrian Arab Army.

He went on to note that the battle of al-Qalamoun was preceded by a campaign of media intimidation and a barrage of threats, in addition to attempts to create disputes between the Lebanese resistance and the Lebanese Army, adding that some political forces in Lebanon and affiliated media outlets, not to mention Arab channels, that defended armed groups in Ersal and al-Qalamoun viciously via media, political, and psychological warfare, with these groups trying to deny the achievements everyone could witness firsthand on the ground.

Nasrallah wondered if the people who attacked Ersal, occupied Lebanese army posts, abducted and murdered Lebanese soldiers and officers, and employed car bombs are rebels as some claim, or if they are murderous and criminal terrorists.

He said that the Lebanese people have the right to look forward to a day when they can live without any terrorists in their land, and that this day will come.

Nasrallah also warned against the danger posed by the takfiri project which threatens the entire nation, stressing that this project seeks to weaken and fragment the nation and liquidate the Palestinian cause.

He also reiterated his condemnation of the Saudi-U.S. aggression on Yemen and its people which is being overlooked by the world, asserting that this aggression failed to achieve its goals, and it only resulted in death of civilians and the destruction of homes and religious sites.

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Hezbollah and the Syrian army are continuing to make gains in Qalamoun against western backed terrorists in Syria, while the US and Israel fume.

The US House of Representatives introduced ‘new/s’…’sanctions’ against Hezbollah that include ridiculously trying to censor Al-Manar TV, while the Israeli military was illegally making threats against Lebanese civilians through the…NY Times.

“Hezbollah and the Syrian army controlled completely Ras al-Maara barrens and advanced towards Flita outskirts amid collapse of the terrorists’ defenses.

Hezbollah and the Syrian army controlled completely al-Barooh mountain range and al-Fatlah crossing which link the Syrian Ras Maara to the Lebanese Nahle town, inflicting heavy losses upon the militants.

The following footage shows how Hezbollah and the Syrian army controlled Barooh mountain and al-Fatlah crossing, claiming a large number of terrorists and destroying their vehicles as well as equipment.

The Resistance mujahidin and the Syrian military regained al-Etein Mountain in Ras al-Maara barren and a number of heights in the vicinity of Moussa hilltop, killing scores of terrorists.

The Syrian army continued on Friday it’s anti-terrorist operations across the country, inflicting heavy losses upon the militant groups.”

 “…Hezbollah – at present, the…best-trained enemy Israel faces…Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon also hinted at this, in a talk he gave at a meeting of officials from regional councils on Tuesday

… Israel is upset at the smuggling [transfer] of weapons by Assad…in Syria to Hezbollah, but understands that launching a lengthy, systematic series of attacks is liable to affect the delicate balance in the north, generate a confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah, and, as a consequence, foment a change in the…war in Syria.

Israel does not wish to see any such change, preferring a continuation of the status quo.

In recent weeks, the Arab media have been flooded with reports and conjectures about the imminent fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Israeli intelligence is voicing more cautious appraisals…

The fighting at Kalamun, an important area because it is a corridor for the transfer of reinforcements and arms between the Assad regime and Hezbollah, is only a small part of the overall picture in Syria…

…U.S. President Barack Obama, when opening the conference of leaders of Persian Gulf states that he convened this week at Camp David, lashed out at Iran for the negative role it is playing in the wars in the Middle East…”

…The man said the Israeli allegations “don’t deserve any response,” adding that Israel had killed civilians in Lebanon during past conflicts. He noted cases of Israeli strikes hitting United Nations positions during hostilities, including in Qana in 1996, when more than 100 people were killed in a United Nations shelter…

In January, an Israeli airstrike over Syria killed six Hezbollah fighters, including the son of the group’s former military commander, who was himself killed in 2008, and an Iranian general…
Hezbollah retaliated by firing guided antitank missiles at Israeli military vehicles in a disputed area along the Lebanese border, killing two Israeli soldiers. An Israeli investigation concluded that the missiles had been the most up-to-date Russian Kornet type…

…Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has said in public statements and interviews that the group is far stronger now than at the end of the 2006 war…

In March, the United Nations Security Council expressed “deep concern” over the recent episodes across the border and in the area of operations of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, including the killing of a Spanish peacekeeper by Israeli fire in January, and noted what it called “the presence of unauthorized weapons” there.

Hezbollah says the Israelis often violate the Lebanese border in the air and on the ground…”

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