Talked to someone from TahrirSy and they said that the mosque is not even close to Industrial Zone that the regime is fighting for. So they must be well past that mosque location if they are in fact attacking the "Yabroud Industrial Zone"
Also, remember the army is advancing from the north, south, and east fronts. There were reports today from pro regime sources that the army reached an area inside Yabroud city from the south.
I think in next few days Yabroud battle will be over - and the Nusra guys will go to Rankus or Arsal (Lebanon) where nobody can touch them. From there, they can be an absolute nuisance from across the border... and the SAA/HA can't do nothing about it without starting a civil war in Lebanon... I think most Nusra leaders in Yabroud are either dead, or have already fled.
Rebel Battalion commander that refused the Kenitra truce with regime and warned others who tried to accept was assassinated 10 days after releasing his video activists are saying.
Assad military advance in western Syria pushed deal that led to nuns’ release, official says
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/03/1...n-western.htmlBEIRUT — The deal that saw the release over the weekend of 13 Syrian nuns who'd been abducted in December by anti-government fighters happened largely because rebel forces fear they are about to lose control of the area where the nuns were being held.
Lebanese security officials familiar with the details of the negotiations for the nuns' release said both sides realized that as government forces surrounded the rebel stronghold of Yabroud, they faced the possibility that the nuns would be killed, either by their captors or in a crossfire. Such a result would not only mean the death of the nuns, but also eliminate any possibility of a ransom being paid for their release.
The complex series of negotiations involved the head of Qatar’s intelligence services, a pro-Syrian regime Lebanese intelligence officer, the al Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, the Syrian government and the rebel group that abducted the nuns from the Greek Orthodox Mar Takla monastery in Maloula in early December.
The nuns were transferred to the custody of Lebanese authorities late Sunday in exchange for the government’s release of 153 prisoners as well as a sizable ransom payment made to the original kidnappers, according to public statements by both sides and private statements by intelligence officials familiar with the process.
A Lebanese security official, who spoke on the condition that he not be named because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the delicate negotiations, said that the progress of Syrian government troops and fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah movement against rebel forces in an area known as the Qalamoun was the spark that drove the deal.
“The regime’s and Hezbollah’s progress in Qalamoun over the last week meant Yabroud was increasingly surrounded,” the official said. “The Nusra Front realized they had to act quickly to get any sort of deal from the regime or they would risk seeing the nuns freed or, worse, killed in a crossfire.”
Israel Watches Warily as Hezbollah Gains Battle Skills in Syria
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/11/wo...=tw-share&_r=0TEL AVIV — Hezbollah’s distracting and costly engagement in the Syrian civil war has offered some practical benefit to Israelis. It has also been a source of foreboding.
On the one hand, Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese Shiite organization that fought a monthlong war against Israel in 2006, is preoccupied with shoring up the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria in its struggle against rebel forces, and is suffering losses.
But Hezbollah is also acquiring battlefield experience, and the only way for Mr. Assad, a longtime Hezbollah ally, to repay the group is by supplying it with sophisticated weapons, according to Israeli military officials and experts — strengths that could eventually be used against Israel.
“Hezbollah has 4,000 to 5,000 soldiers today in Syria,” a senior Israeli military officer told reporters at army headquarters here last week. “This is a major burden for Hezbollah but also a major advantage.” Speaking on the condition of anonymity in accordance with Israeli Army rules, he added, “I have no doubt that Hezbollah gained much more self-confidence because of the Syrian experience.”
Newclone's favorite pro Bashar tv channel Sama calling the nuns traitors.
Now that operations on the outskirts of Yabrud have started without opening a front in Falita, it makes me think they will keep that route open, and let them all go to Arsal in Lebanon.. where they can cause trouble and make more justification for HA to stay in Syria etc.. thats my theory anyway ha
Besides, there's at least 2000 gunmen in Yabroud.. clearing them all out will take a lot of time and resources which can better be used elsewhere.. better to let them go, some will go to lebanon, some will lay down their weapons, some will inevitably rejoin the fight elsewhere.. but with each new captured town, the next one becomes easier as the army controls more and more of the country.. and more rebels start laying down their arms.. SAA can't clear out all the gunmen in the country, but I think they are trying to crush their moral, and encourage them to go back to normal civilian life, or even join the 'local NDF'... as evidenced by 'reconciliation' agreements in Damascus.. or the government's desperate attempts to portray 'normality' in Aleppo..