"... indicated that Hezbollah may be planning to expand its operations in support of the Syrian government. “I’m not sure if it will be to Qusayr or to Aleppo,” he said of his upcoming return, referring to Syria’s largest city. Rebels took over about half that city almost a year ago, before fighting settled into a stalemate. Ayoub said Hezbollah was also active in fighting around Damascus, something Iraqis who’ve recently returned from Syria have confirmed. Ayoub didn’t say how many Hezbollah fighters had taken part in the Qusayr action, but he said Hezbollah had assumed the leading role in the assault after an incident last week in which rockets fired by the Syrian military accidentally killed 18 Hezbollah fighters. He acknowledged that Hezbollah had lost about 100 men in the fighting but said that was far fewer than the Lebanese group had anticipated. “We had planned for as many as 1,000 martyrs,” he said. “Our enemy there has had time to dig in, and knows the terrain.” Ayoub said the operations taking place now amounted to “cleanup” and that only a few of Qusayr’s northern neighborhoods remained under rebel control. Those areas were taking longer to secure, he said, because rebels had booby-trapped them with bombs and had dug tunnels and other fortifications." Mcclatchy
"You have to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold'em..."
The US policy towards Syria is a total muddle, conceived in ignorance of the human facts on the ground and motivated by "dogooderism" that thinks all the world is a graduate school seminar in which professors and students can re-design the fate of humanity to taste.
The hollowness of the policy of regime change in Syria is revealed by:
- Conrinued Russian support for the government, something the United States is powerless to stop
-Iran's unwavering support for the government
-Mixed attitudes in Israel toward the notion of the removal of the present government in Syria
-European incapacity in this matter.
-Opposition from the US JCS to any war in Syria including a "no fly zone."
-Opposition from the US public to any such war.
-Syrian/Hizbullah strength in the field.
-Complete disarray among the rebels.
Give it up Obama! Give up regime change as a policy before that policy wrecks your 2nd term .You have enough other problems without this one. pl