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Hezbollah has been a useful non-state partner to Russian forces in Syria. The Lebanese Shiite militia and Iranian proxy currently fields between 6,000 and 8,000 fighters in that country's civil war, with some estimates as high as 10,000 . Having suffered roughly 2,000 deaths and over 5,000 injured since their involvement in the conflict, Hezbollah has continued to be a stalwart ally of the Assad regime, fighting as far away as Deir al-Zor. The Russian military's admiration is based in part on Hezbollah's performance during the Battle of Martyr Abu Omar Saraqib, a failed rebel offensive in late October to break the siege of east Aleppo. Hezbollah and regime forces recaptured areas lost during the initial attack, as well as adjacent rebel positions. Somewhere between 28 and 35 Hezbollah fighters died at the battle, out of a total 143 pro-regime fighters killed. According to the article, the Russian officers, who had called the meeting, praised Hezbollah's performance during the Battle of Martyr Abu Omar Saraqib.Paradoxically, it is this negotiated end to the Syrian conflict that threatens Hezbollah's interests in Syria.Hezbollah has enhanced its military infrastructure in areas within Syria where the regime is weak, particularly along the Syrian–Lebanese border.
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