ISIS last stronghold in Syria Abu Kamal falls to Hizballah-Iraqi Shiite force

The Syrian town of Abu Kamal was captured from ISIS Thursday, Nov. 8, by a non-Syrian army – a combined Hizballah-Iraqi Shiite militia force fighting under Iranian command, DEBKAfile’s military sources report.

The last push into the fallen ISIS bastion was conducted by Hizballah units, which first crossed the Syrian border and headed east into Iraq to fight jihadist targets in the Iraqi province of Anbar.
Crossing in the opposite direction, from east to west into Syria, were the Iraqi Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU). They joined Hizballah and together mopped up the last remnants of ISIS resistance in the Syrian-Iraqi border area (which bisects the Euphrates Valley).
Hizballah played the dominant role in this operation. A Syrian commander in the eastern sector praised Hizballah as “the foundation in the battle of Abu Kamal.” He also attested to the hundreds of elite troops of the Iran-backed Shiite group who took part in the battle.

While the commander hailed Syria’s victory over the Islamist terrorists, he refrained from spelling out the fact that the Lebanese Hizballah constitutes 80 percent of the fighting strength in the east. Our military sources report that this force consists of the Lebanese Shiite group’s Al-Amin Brigade and Radwan Elite Force.

Since both Hizballah and the PMU were fighting under the same officers of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, their victory presented Tehran with full control over the central segment of the Syrian-Iraqi border. One of its prime strategic objectives in Syria has been to open up an overland bridge from Iran to the Mediterranean via Iraq.

Israeli leaders, who declare tirelessly that Iran and its proxies will not be permitted to deepen their military grip on Syria, made no effort to thwart this achievement and have yet to respond.

Our military sources note that the Abu Kamal victory has placed the Hizballah terrorist organization’s feet on the Syrian-Iraqi border in the east as well as the Syrian-Lebanese border running through the Qalamun range in the west. (see map.) Hizballah now acts as doorkeeper on two of Syria’s borders.
The attached map also depicts how Iran and its Hizballah and Iraqi militias now stand foursquare along the central segment of the Syrian-Iraqi border



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22 thoughts on “ISIS last stronghold in Syria Abu Kamal falls to Hizballah-Iraqi Shiite force

  • Nov 9, 2017 @ 17:06 at 17:06

    Drone connected over the Tehran earthquake warning system wireless relays captures Ahmad Jannati voice reflecting in front of unidentified elders of the assembly on more missiles, insisting “not on Mecca and Medina at this time”, also using (approximated) expression “for with wise guidance we can wage our war”

    His stunning tongue slips, may indicate assembly of experts slowly falling under Mossad mind control. Macron to probe Rouhani during visit by extracting synergetic approval for (surprise) Israel joining EU, NATO.

    • Nov 9, 2017 @ 17:56 at 17:56

      it seems that you may have lost your mind?

      • Nov 10, 2017 @ 3:54 at 3:54

        Nope! But I have a question, now that Hizballah fucked ISIS, who fucks the motherfuckes?

        ATTENTION DEBKA “the F word” has been found very recently non-offensive and acceptable for conversatios and non-English broadcasts. Please review your regulations. And then, who gives a fuck on Hizballah?

    • Nov 9, 2017 @ 19:51 at 19:51

      We are ready for you Nazi gimp! Keep blaming us for your crimes. It won’t matter we’re ready for your death camps this time loser. You’ll be judged this time for condemning Jesus and his people the Jews. You will not be forgiven. Believe me!

      • Nov 10, 2017 @ 4:05 at 4:05

        Dear Jack,
        Please take a nap,
        Then, take it back
        I’m not a hack.

        Oh, Jack, oh, Jack
        You went aback
        Too much cognac,
        Too much cognac.

    • Nov 10, 2017 @ 16:13 at 16:13

      why is john mccain still alive, is his brain tumor a lie, the man is a walking failure, everything he touchs turns to human waste.

  • Nov 9, 2017 @ 18:01 at 18:01

    if i may return to reality…..there used to be a worldwide condemnation of the supposed emergence of, “greater Israel”. It was presupposed that Zionist Israel had expansionist ambitions….intendiong to take over all the land of ancient Israel, from the Mediterranean coast, all the way to the Tigris River.
    That same worldwide voice is now SILENT, as greater Persia emerges. Those who debased Israel for alleged intentions now actually being realized under the banner of Islam and Iran, are slithering lizards who reside in turd filled porcelain fixtures…..or to borow a term from Kim Jong Un, you are all “DOTARDS”!!!

    • Nov 9, 2017 @ 19:14 at 19:14

      “Greater Iran” is being created from Persia Gulf to Mediterranean Sea including Iraq, Syria and Lebanon all thanks to U.S. inaction in the Middle East. Obama released 150 billion to Iran from the nuclear agreement. One of the first things that Iran did with the money is to buy Russian help with Russian bombing jets. The U.S. then was totally against the Syrian opposition getting weapons to defend themselves like MANPADS against these air threats. Also, the U.S. obsession against ISIS meant that Assad and his allies didn’t have to worry about dealing with ISIS so that they were free to concentrate on the Syrian opposition.

    • Nov 9, 2017 @ 19:53 at 19:53

      This is saving Syria and nothing to do with Greater Iran.

      It is still Syria . Sorry you guys failed

      • Nov 10, 2017 @ 17:47 at 17:47

        For the first time you have not been sucking on the camel! I guess you have to just manage with the cattle!

    • Nov 10, 2017 @ 3:42 at 3:42


      • Nov 10, 2017 @ 4:10 at 4:10

        ^Triggered also your Sharmouta of a mother

  • Nov 9, 2017 @ 19:03 at 19:03

    This is all thanks to the U.S. coalition that has been weakening ISIS for over two years of non-stop attacks in Iraq and Syria. Then when ISIS has been weakened enough by others, Hezbollah and Shiite PMU took advantage. Also, the deescalation zones in Syria put together by Russia has allowed Hezbollah and its allies to concentrate on other areas. It looks like Iran’s next plans is to attack Rojava and/or Idlib. Turkey let Aleppo fall to Iran and allies. Will the U.S. let Raqqa fall to Iran and its allies?

    • Nov 10, 2017 @ 9:32 at 9:32

      You mean does US allow Syrians to take back their own city Raqqa right?

      So US can tell the legal Syrian govt they have no right

  • Nov 9, 2017 @ 21:10 at 21:10

    Israel created Hizbollah when it invaded Lebanon. Talk about “lives by the sword, dies by the sword”.

    Irony is getting a serious workout these days.

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  • Nov 10, 2017 @ 0:58 at 0:58

    cry babies go fight your own battles

  • Nov 10, 2017 @ 7:43 at 7:43

    There’s no one to fight for the Israelis this time – no Hitler, no ISIS, no US troops! The Brits amount to nothing. Tough luck! The end of the cursed people is near!

  • Nov 10, 2017 @ 8:23 at 8:23

    The following points regarding why the Syrian opposition has been losing for some time can be linked to certain U.S. actions and in actions that mostly have to do with the policies starting with and of former President Obama:

    1) The release of billions of dollars to Iran from the nuclear deal has resulted in the greater financing in Syria of the IRGC, Hezbollah, Shiite terrorist militias in Syria (and Iraq), the Russian air force, Russian mercenaries, etc. Most of the cash money which is used to pay such Iranian and allied terrorists in Syria is in the basement vault of the Glass House located in the area of the Damascus International Airport. Right after the conclusion of the nuclear deal, Iran’s General Soleimani did not waste any time visiting Russia in order to get the Russian air force directly involved which has greatly helped to save Assad. With this new released money, Iran is fully footing the full bill to save Assad.

    2) The sole focus of the U.S. and its allies on only dealing mostly with ISIS at all costs while ignoring Assad and his allies has freed Assad and his allies to mostly focus on directly attacking the Syrian opposition since others are mostly taking care of ISIS so that Assad and his allies can freely later take advantage of West weakened ISIS lost land to their benefit. Even when requests were made for the bombing and severing of the Ithriya-Khanasser Road which was the only road that linked Assad controlled Aleppo to the rest of Assad controlled Syria in order to help opposition controlled Aleppo earlier this year were ignored by the U.S. and allies.

    3) The U.S. refusal to supply and/or allow any of its allies to supply the Syrian opposition with any real game changing heavy weapons such as MANPADS that would help them deal with the most lethal of Assad’s weapons which have been the Syrian and Russian air forces. This not only includes jets but also helicopters which have been delivering the dreaded barrel bombs that have been prohibited just like chemical weapons. Assad and Hezbollah have not been denied any weapons by their own allies (Iran and Russia) and neither has Assad denied any weapons to his allies, especially Hezbollah.

    4) The U.S. support and supply of weapons to the Lebanese Army (LAF) that is currently very sympathetic to Hezbollah has allowed Hezbollah to focus mostly on Syria and saving Assad because the Lebanese Army very much has Hezbollah’s back in Lebanon and has prevented countless of attacks against Hezbollah in Lebanon by armed groups opposed to Hezbollah. By doing this for Hezbollah, the LAF has allowed Hezbollah to mostly deal with Syria while the LAF looks after helping to safeguard Hezbollah’s interests in Lebanon.

    The above four points may help to explain some of the reasons why the Syrian opposition has been currently losing unless something is done to change this.

  • Nov 10, 2017 @ 23:18 at 23:18

    Why is HezbAllah fighting on the Kurdish and Sunni border of Iraq? How does that make sense to anyone but the Ayatollah?

  • Nov 11, 2017 @ 12:46 at 12:46

    Iran is paving the road from Tehran to Beirut, and Iran will control the entire area by using Iraqi Shiite militia in Iraq and parts of Syria with American made weapons. The current ruler of Iraq is Sulaimani not Abadi as people thinks, Abadi is a puppet of Iran, the only thing he could say is “Yes” to his master Sulaimani. The same applies to Asaad, they are slaves of Iran.

    Why the US and Israel are turning their back and don’t utter a word?

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