Early morning on June 5, Syrian forces retook control of the strategic city of Qusayr after flushing out western-armed rebels who had occupied the city for the last 12 months. It is a major setback to US-Israel efforts to bring an anti-Resistance (Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas and Iraq) regime change in Damascus.
The rebel command admitted abandoning the city. According to some independent news reports, the Syrian army allowed the rebels to retreat to a nearby town of Dabaa.
The Israel-Firster US Sen. John McCain who recently sneaked into rebel strong-hold in Syria through Turkish-Syrian border, told CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday: “We are seeing unfortunately a battlefield situation where Bashar Assad now has the upper hand.”
Commenting on the expected participation of the Syrian government delegation in the upcoming Geneva peace talks, McCain said, “Anyone that believes that Bashar Assad is going to go to a conference in Geneva when he is prevailing on the battlefield, it’s just ludicrous to assume that.”
During McCain’s meeting with Gen. Salim Idriss, leader of FSA’s “Supreme Military Council,” and other militant commanders, Idriss asked the US to supply the insurgent gangs with “heavy weapons, set up a no-fly zone in Syria and conduct airstrikes on Hezbollah,” the Islamic resistance movement in Lebanon, The Los Angeles Times reports on Tuesday.
Idriss further described McCain’s visit as “very useful,” and called on “the US government to take the decision to support” the militant gangs “with weapons and ammunition, antitank missiles and antiaircraft weapon.”
Lebanese Islamic Resistance, Hizbullah, supporters celebrated the liberation of city of Qusayr from the counter-Resistance Takfiri (Wahabi/Salafi) forces. Hizbullah students offered some of their professors flowers to celebrate the event.