Stand for Israel has kept you abreast of goings-on involving the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, including Israel's unmasking of the organization's mysterious new leader. But now, Israel Hayom's Daniel Siryoti reports that Hezbollah will be pulling out of Syria - where they have been backing dictator Bashar al-Assad's regime - in order to focus on their attacks on Israel:
Hezbollah is planning to withdraw its forces from Syria in 2018 in order to bolster its presence along the border with Israel, Lebanese news site Lebanon 24 reported on Tuesday.
According to the report, Hezbollah's high command issued a new order mandating that the last remaining Hezbollah fighters must leave Syria in early 2018.
For the past five years, Hezbollah forces have been fighting alongside the Syrian military in the country's brutal civil war. It is believed that the Shiite terrorist group, alongside other Iranian-backed militias, helped turned the tide in favor of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The measure is designed to ensure the organization would be able to have a sizable presence along the Lebanese border with Israel should hostilities resume.
According to the report, Hezbollah's commanders realized that its operatives were stretched too thin, to the point that 85% of the group's fighting force was in Syria. Another reason cited was the heavy casualty rate – more than 1,800 Hezbollah operatives have been killed in the Syrian civil war – and the need to train more operatives...