Lets face it, the Syrian conflict has changed. Hezbollah will fight to secure its weapons. Even at the cost of a Sunni - Shia blood-feud. But the most important new predicament... is that Russia has become the 'Legal Advocate' for Hezbollah and Tehran. Putin has made his calculations. Letting Syria fall isn't in the Russian Global Handbook. Russia's deputy FM, Mikhail Bogdanov... Putin's hand-picked man said recently at a meeting with Nasrallah in Beirut... 'Israel is a military power... but Iran has also become a strong country in the region'. The Russians figure, opposing humanitarian and Western interests in Syria is a perfect way to demonstrate Russian military power. No matter how many Syrian lives are sacrificed.
Western-backed Syrian rebels say kill foreign Islamic State (Reuters)