Hezbollah fighters ride a vehicle in Qalamoun, Friday, May 15, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Israeli military officials have long voiced concern at the valuable lessons Hezbollah's cadres are learning in the Syria war and how they can be applied to a future conflict between the two enemies.The combat footage of the Qalamoun campaign uploaded to the Internet will do little to dispel the concerns of the Israeli army as to Hezbollah's improving fighting skills.Hezbollah's commanders carefully planned the offensive in advance, gathering intelligence on the militants' deployment using fighters on the ground and pilotless reconnaissance drones, marking the region into operational sectors and amassing the fighters and logistical support necessary for a campaign in remote and largely unpopulated mountainous terrain. Most of the weapons systems used by Hezbollah, as seen in the combat videos, are standard fare which have stood the test of time from the days of the resistance campaign against the Israeli occupation of south Lebanon. Hezbollah is also using some weapons that have been in their possession from before the Syria conflict but were rarely employed.Some videos have shown Hezbollah fighters driving T-55 tanks and BMP armored fighting vehicles on loan from the Syrian army.
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