Activists: Syria Troops, Hizbullah Advancing on Qusayr

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Fierce clashes between rebels and fighters loyal to President Bashar Assad's regime raged on Thursday around insurgent-held Qusayr in central Syria, a monitoring group said.

An army officer told AFP the military seized control of Shumariyeh village near the town of Qusayr.

"The Syrian army seized back control of Shumariyeh in the Qusayr countryside, and troops are currently on their way to the village of Ghassaniyeh" which has been under rebel control for more than a year, the officer said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the report.

"Backed by pro-regime militia and Hizbullah fighters, the army is advancing in the Qusayr area," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

"They have superior firepower and their campaign to take back Qusayr is fierce," he added.

Backed by fighters loyal to Hizbullah, the Damascus regime launched an intensified bid last month to retake Qusayr.

The town fell out of regime control more than a year ago, but has faced daily shelling and frequent aerial bombardment.

It is strategically located near the Lebanese border and just south of Syria's third city, Homs, which lies on the road linking Damascus to the coast.

Lebanon has suffered a spillover of Syria's raging conflict, with frequent cross-border shelling targeting the north and the east of the country.

On Thursday, three shells hit Hermel in eastern Lebanon, and two others hit Masharia al-Qaa nearby, a security source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Comments 21
Thumb benzona 09 May 2013, 14:58

Let's hope it'll be the grave for many of the evil forces!

Thumb benzona 09 May 2013, 22:41

Mais oui! Btw, Pope john-Paul II said it was a good trilogy for the faith... It encourages and promoted meditation. Why not!

Thumb jcamerican 09 May 2013, 15:05

I guess HA is pretty powerful to tilt the power balance in Syria. All Bashar's forces in the thousands all these years, couldn't accomplish what HA's few thousands did recently.

Thumb jcamerican 09 May 2013, 17:01

Thanks. Finally someone knows my comments are not politically affiliated since HA's last check bounced like a tennis ball.

Missing peace 09 May 2013, 19:56

"i thought he's here to boost the opposition's morale not sap it!" therfore you have to admit that it is objective little microbe....

Missing peace 09 May 2013, 21:33

then FT stop mentionning this observatory when it suits your propaganda and deny it when it doesn t .... you are more biased than the observatory yourself...
see what i hate in you : your double low M8 standards....

Default-user-icon Fendo Bokassa (Guest) 09 May 2013, 17:17

This story about advances is pure propaganda and is meant to demoralize al-Nusra of the Levant, the broker for installing freedom, democracy, human rights and cohabitation of all sects and religions! Naharnet should be ashamed for publishing it puts it in bed with the enemies of these ideals that al-Nusra strongly believes in, aka the "ASSad" regime of Syria and "Hizbushaitan" of Iran. allouchti, NostraBenzona, geha and GabbyMarch14 have confirmed time and again that the days of "ASSad" are numbered, and I trust these dedicated individuals. Actually, to be precise, I have trusted these dudes on this matter more than 8,405 times since 2005 and still am. You go virtual warriors. Keep your morale high. Naharnet, SHAME ON YOU!!!

Thumb geha 09 May 2013, 17:38

a couple of thousand hizbushaitan elite militia and around ten thousand Iranian "experts" have allowed this small advance.
count the bodies that will return anyway: attackers lose more than the attacked.
this is a small battle and it is going to change again, and again, and again, until they all kill each other.
this is what Russia, the US, the EU and other want for Syria.

Thumb lebnanfirst 09 May 2013, 19:12

Unfortunately and even though it reeks of cynicism mutual annihilation is exactly what the powers that be are hoping for. It is lamentable that the Syrians are the ones paying dearly for that policy.

Thumb bigsami 09 May 2013, 20:17

the BORE....give it a break dude. Stop supporting Iran. Then again you are probably a filthy Farsi yourself.

Thumb bigsami 09 May 2013, 20:27

Blab on mr. BORE....if you call your posts a 'debate from a man' then I hate to see how you would debate as a woman. lol

Thumb bigsami 09 May 2013, 20:28

You call this a 'debate' by a man? lolololol What a BORE! Yawn!

Missing peace 09 May 2013, 21:10

where is disassociation from the syrian conflict? baabda declaration? it proves once again that hezbis have nothing to do with lebanon and that the lebanese state is the least of their problems....

Missing peace 09 May 2013, 21:13

and this is exactly what bashar wanted and how the situation was to turn out by letting chaos and killing its people.... now he can openly ask for iran and hezbis to back him...

Default-user-icon Gustafore Dejantil (Guest) 10 May 2013, 02:16

My compatriots of March 14 and Lebanon First Some Twenty-two Damn Years Late Plus, these troops and the losers of Hizbullah are advancing alright. But guys, allow me to let you in on a secret that I hope you can keep. What they are advancing towards is one of the many traps set up for these losers by the brilliant warrior and strategist Le Marquis de Saida, al-Asseer Wa Fosso 7ami. Where was Le Marquis de Saida in 2006 to teach the losers of Hizbullah the lesson that the Israelis could not? But hey, better late than never. Right warriors?

Default-user-icon dd (Guest) 10 May 2013, 09:18

the fact is that the Hizb(yalli ma khassou bi ALLAH) has the right to do anything he pleases! wage a war with Israel, go to Syria and kill Syrians, send drones, and its master every now and then show us his monkey face to tell us what he decided and what will be the next phase for Lebanon! all Lebanese are hostages of Master Hasan !

Missing lebanon4ever 10 May 2013, 12:36

Phoenix what is the answer for lebanon? Is Partition the answer? We have been at each others throats for the last 60 years. We pretend we are brothers but stab each other in the back at any given chance. We show allegiance to any other country but our own and we kill in the name of religion. I am Lebanese First... Christian Second! When will our dear brothers come to this realisation?

Missing peace 10 May 2013, 13:09

thank FPM for supporting a party that does not obey the lebanese gvt and decides of peace and war... thank you hezbis to collaborate with bashar and after 40 years decide to open the golan front to divert the attention on what is going on... thank you FPM for justifying the right of hezbis to be in syria and jeopardizing lebanon safety and peace....Thank you FPM for saying that M14 are the evil ones helping salafis and terrorists to better justify the presence of hezbis and thus involving lebanon despite the baabda declaration...

thank you both hezbis and FPM for collaborating with a foreign country and deciding the fate of thousands of lebanese who just want to live normally and peacefully... thank you both for taking care of syria more than your OWN country.....

TFEH 3aleikoum tneintatkoum....

Missing peace 10 May 2013, 13:16

" he is still working his heart out to fend for himself and his loved ones."

this sentence cannot summarize more the situation of lebanese... unfortunately too many sheep remain to vote for their master believing they'll be better off with his promises.
lebanese just deserve the country they live in as no one dares come against the leaders and just become stupid lambs to the slaughter....

let alone the religious clerics who brainwash their sheep by insidiously saying that the other communities are to fear....
lebanese is now a nationality one shouldn t be proud of having....

Default-user-icon Guest (Guest) 10 May 2013, 14:47

Phoenix !!!!!! Am i the only one who can see that FT is the same The Myaw Myaw????
Phoenix ,you embarrassed the Myaw and that is the reason he has changed the screen to FT.
and heyyyy look at the post from FT.Lol

Missing lebanon4ever 10 May 2013, 14:58


"We may be different from everybody esle with our intelligence. Instead of using it for real estate or for trading or for cheating or for all the things that have nothing to do with our civilization. Let's use this intelligence, even for only about ten years, let's apply it to building a nation, let's apply it to building a state, and then you'll see that Lebanon will be first not only in the East but in the whole world."

True leadership!

This is what lebanon is missing...