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Events in Iraq, where the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has routed government forces since June 10, have sent reverberations across the region.It has also shifted the order of battle in Syria, increasing Hezbollah's involvement in the conflict and leaving it vulnerable at home.Since May of last year – when Hezbollah took an increasingly public role in defense of the Assad regime – the group has quickly become interoperable with these Shiite militias.The presence of the Iraqi militias allowed Hezbollah's smaller force, with remnants of Syria's elite and other loyalist units, to spearhead assaults and then turn over captured ground to their less experienced allies, who are now decamping for home.At home, Hezbollah will come to rely more heavily on its reserves to fill the gap left by Iraqi groups, adding to its contingent of 5,000 fighters in the country.It now seems that Hezbollah will be dealing with its Iraq problems more so at home and in Syria than in Iraq.
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