"Syrian government forces seized control Wednesday of the strategically important border city of Qusayr, which had been the site of nearly seven weeks of fighting. State-run TV credited an offensive "that led to the annihilation of a number of terrorists," the government's term for rebels. "Our heroic armed forces are always determined to confront any aggression that our beloved homeland may face in the future," an anchor on Syrian state television said. The Syrian opposition acknowledged the report. "Yes, dear brethren, this is a battle that we lost, but the war is not over yet," said the Homs Revolution News, which is associated with the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, an opposition activist network. One dissident group said Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese Shiite militia backed by Iran and the Syria government, was instrumental in the siege's success. "Hezbollah fighters took control of Al-Qusayr city after the regime forces covered their night attack with heavy bombing that was carried out by the regime armed forces since last night and continued into the morning," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. " CNN
The Syrian rebellion is losing ground steadily. The capture of Qusayr and parts of Damascus by the government has been accompanied by effective action in re-taking villages in the Hama Plain
The "opposition" reports the presence of 2,000 Hizbullah troops in the Aleppo area. They are there to act as reinforcement to the Syrian Army for a major effort to re-capture the rebel held parts of the city of Aleppo.
Nasrullah's decision to intervene in Syria makes good militaty sense. His strategic line of supply runs through Damascus International Airport. A rebel triumph in Syria would effectively doom Hizbullah.
Does anyone think there will actually be a peace conference? pl