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Iran, Hezbollah Forces Planning ‘Major Assault on Aleppo’, Syria…creeping closer to Israel’s border

Senior U.S. defense and military officials tell NBC News that a large number of Iranian ground forces and Hezbollah fighters are positioning themselves for what they predict will be a “major assault on Aleppo,” Syria’s largest city.


The officials say the operation is being coordinated with the Russians who would launch airstrikes in support of the Syrian military, Iranian and Hezbollah forces against rebel and militant fighters who control large sections of Aleppo. The officials could not say when the assault operation to “retake Aleppo” would begin but the planning and movement of ground forces toward Aleppo is “well underway”

The officials could not confirm reports from Syria that “thousands” of Iranian forces are preparing to mount the assault but described the number as “substantial.”

For the past three years Aleppo has been a “melting pot” of various armed forces. The city, which once had a population of 2.5-million people, is now split up into several sections occupied by the Syrian military, a


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