In Syria, the Harder Fight Is in the North

The south has been mostly retaken. But danger lurks in Idlib.

Xander Snyder |July 18, 2018

Even as the Syrian government hoists its flag over the newly reconquered southern city of Daraa, its offensive in the southwest continues. The remaining pockets of rebel resistance are growing smaller. With the continued support of Russia and Iran, Bashar Assad will almost certainly retake the last holdouts there as well.

The only thing that complicates the offensive is Israel. Israel has been adamant that it will not tolerate Iranian or Hezbollah positions too close to its border – in fact, it will attack Iranian supply lines far from its border, as it did last month when it struck Syria’s border with Iraq near Abu Kemal. More recently, on July 15, Israel launched another strike near the Nayrab airport, close to Aleppo. Though some reports identified the target as a Syrian government installation, others claimed it was a logistics site used by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – a more plausible explanation, considering Israel has always said its fight is with Iran, not A

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