After the infiltrations of Tehran – Beirut Road and al-Bokamal, Iranian reinforcements continue to arrive to support the fortifications in conjunction with the operation of SDF and Coalition east of Euphrates
Deir Ezzor Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: since losing its strategic control on the road of Tehran – Beirut in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor on the western banks of Euphrates River, in December 2017; the “Islamic State” Organization has not stopped threatening the regime forces and their allies of the Iranian Forces, the Palestinian, Lebanese, Iraqi, Afghan, Syrian and Asian militias who are present in the entire western line of Euphrates, the threat took the form of artillery and ground attacks targeted the regime forces and its allies, or through ground attacks monitored by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, in which the “Islamic State” Organization moves from the eastern banks of Euphrates River, coming from its last pocket east of the river to the west bank of the river, and it comes every time from an area trying to bluff the regime forces and their allies, and despite their surveillance of the river they were not able to stop these attacks, which cause large numbers of casualties and wounded each time, also the Organization was able to make a road for itself to exit towards the Syrian Desert, in which the Organization has a large enclave in addition to positions scattered within the Syrian Desert on the administrative border between Deir Ezzor and Homs.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the regime forces, the Iranian Forces, and their allies continue sending military reinforcements in the last 24 hours to al-Bokamal area, in anticipation of any counterattack by the “Islamic State” Organization to find a new destination and place for it, where these forces are trying to fortifying their positions in the west of Euphrates River, in conjunction with the military operation being prepared by the Coalition and SDF east of Euphrates River, after breaches it witnessed by groups of Organizations, which infiltrated through the river from its eastern and western banks to move towards the desert, and then carry out attacks against Iranians, regime, and other militias in villages, sites, cities, and towns stretching from the south of Deir Ezzor city to al-Bokamal on the Syrian – Iraqi border, and despite the dirty deal of the regime and the Iranians weeks ago, through which the regime forces and the Iranian forces transported more than 400 members of the “Islamic State” Organization on the 23rd of September 2018, from al-Bokamal area in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, which took place in violent clashes led by Qassim Soleimani, the commander of al-Quds Corps of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and the transfer took place from al-Bokamal Desert area to the eastern countryside of Idlib province, where they were transferred to areas near the controlled areas of the “jihadi” factions operating in Idlib province, where they arrived at dawn on the 24th of September but it is not known yet whether the 400 members were able to enter the eastern countryside of Idlib, which has been witnessing an activity of ISIS cells since the 26th of April 2018, which killed hundreds of civilians, fighters, and commanders of Syrian, Arab, Asian, and western nationalities.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published in the past few days that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that military reinforcement have been sent by the regime forces and their allies, from positions in the vicinity of the demilitarized buffer zone in Aleppo, Latakia, Idlib and Hama province, to areas in the east of Syria, where the SOHR monitored that the Iranian forces and regime forces have sent reinforcements by hundreds of fighters to areas in the west of the Euphrates River, in the eastern sector of Deir Ezzor countryside, where the largest group of them has been sent to Al-Bokamal city and its countryside controlled by the Iranian forces, which the commander of al-Quds Corps within the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Qasim Suleimani, led the operations of imposing the control over, during the past year, and the process of sending reinforcements comes after the previous attacks that the city and its countryside were subjected to, by the “Islamic State” organization, which moves from the Euphrates’ eastern bank to its western bank via small rafts and carry out attacks which in many cases result in killing tens of the members of the regime and its allies of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities.
And the Syrian observatory obtained information from a number of reliable sources, in the past few days, which confirmed that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard opened the “enlisting” in the ranks of its forces operating on the Syrian territory within Deir Ezzor province, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory from reliable sources: the Revolutionary Guards opened for the first time in the countryside of Deir Ezzor Province, the door for “enlisting” in its forces for the Syrian citizens in the province, and the sources confirmed that this is the first time the enlisting in the ranks of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces is opened, where previously the enlisting only included the Iranian-funded militias which are backed by the Iranian Forces, such as al-Nujabaa militias, Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas, and Hezbollah.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from reliable sources that the process of enlisting has begun with a noticeable presence of the inhabitants of Deir Ezzor countryside and the number of people who want to be enlisted reached hundreds people, where this enlisting includes both former defected members of the regime forces and those wishing to “settle their situation,” as well as former fighters in ranks of regime’s opponents, and other citizens the sources said that most of them were from al-Quriyah area in the countryside of al-Mayadin city, and the sources told the Syrian Observatory that the process of luring the citizens to come was through a monthly salary of $150 USD, and letting them choosing the place of service between going to the battlefronts or stay at the training center west of Euphrates River, in addition to the immunity from the regime forces and from being arrested.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published days ago, that the Iranian forces present on the Syrian territory which possess thousands of members deployed on Syrian territory, are expanding this deployment not only on the military aspect, but in other aspects as well, which may enable them to move away from regional and international monitoring. Intersected sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the Iranian forces have intensified their presence in addition to the presence of those supported by them on a sectarian, material, or intellectual basis in the west of Euphrates, and this presence was manifested in two main areas, al-Bokamal and al-Mayadin, where they constitute an important areas for the Iranians who have been strongly involved in the clashes of control of them both, and the Iranian General Qasim Soleimani has led the battles of control of al-Bokamal, where reliable sources confirmed to the Observatory that the Iranian Forces control the way of life within al-Bokamal and the security and economic aspects within the city as well, not to mention their control of the military aspect and the leadership of forces located at this place.
The Syrian Observatory monitored the Iranians positioning at key points in al-Mayadin area to the west of al-Bokamal, where their positioning is represented by an Afghani charitable kitchen, in which the Iranian-backed Afghani militias prepare and distribute meals to the people and the displaced people, also the Secondary Sharia School of al-Mayadin city was transformed into an affiliation center for the Iranian and Shiite militias, which sometimes includes Shiite-related symposia and conferences, also the Iranian forces and Asian gunmen of the Shiite citizens are positioned in Hawi area at al-Mayadin city, also reliable sources confirmed that the Iranians set up a Husseinieh and Mazar in the Nabe’ Ayn Ali, which is located between al-Mayadin and Mahkan, where the Syrian Observatory monitored the arrival of buses carrying Iranians from the “Shiite visitors” of the Iranians, Syrians, and Iraqis, where carried out Shiite sectarian rituals in the area which is witnessing a large military presence of the Iranian Forces, also the Iranian Forces are deployed in the area between the sheep market and al-Rahba castle in al-Mayadin, where there are military forces prevent the entry and exit of anyone of the non-Iranians of both civilians and militaries, amid heavy guard and permanent flight of drones over the area.
The Syrian Observatory also monitored the presence of Iranian forces in the countryside of Salamiyah city at the eastern countryside of Hama, in training centers and affiliation centers in al-Sabbura and other areas of the countryside of Hama, with an earlier presence in the 47th Brigade in Hama countryside, and in the northern and northwestern countryside of Aleppo and in the contact lines with the factions in the southern countryside of Aleppo, the Syrian Desert, and other areas of Syria in the countryside of Homs, Hama, and Rif Dimashq, and the Syrian Observatory published earlier that the Israeli forces resumed the escalation of their strikes targeting certain sites on the Syrian territory, as part of the continuous escalation since the beginning of April 2018, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored during the past 5 months the Israeli warplanes and missile strikes targeting Iranian and other militia sites under their command, as well as sites of the Lebanese Hezbollah, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored air and missile strikes targeted the vicinity of Damascus International Airport, weapons depots and ammunition on the outskirts of Baniyas and Masyaf mountains in the Syrian coast and the western countryside of Hama, the vicinity of Damascus International Airport and the suburbs of the capital Damascus, “Itm’enan Support Center” of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards located near Neirab airbase at the eastern outskirts of Aleppo city, Mazzeh Airbase, al-Harri area in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, and areas in the northern and middle countryside of Quneitra, al-Dabaa Airbase in the southwestern countryside of Homs, the campus and vicinity of the T4 Airbase in the eastern countryside of Homs, Brigade 47 and, Salhab area in the western countryside of Hama, sites near the towns of Khan Arnabah and al-Baath city in the countryside of Quneitra, al-Kiswah area in Rif Dimashq, al-Dumayr Airbase area, the triangle of Daraa – Quneitra southwest of Rif Dimashq, Neirab airbase and Aleppo International Airport, also 2 explosions hit Hama Airbase and a position of the Iranian Forces in the southern countryside of Aleppo, also 2 explosions hit Hama airbase and a location of the Iranian Forces in the southern countryside of Aleppo.
These airstrikes have caused significant casualties in the ranks of the Iranian Forces and their loyal militias, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the killing of more than 113 of the Iranian Forces and their loyal and affiliated forces, as a result of Israeli missile and aerial strikes, which targeted their sites, warehouses, and missiles in several areas in the northern and central of Syria and in the southern Syrian and the Desert since early April 2018, and 28 members at least of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian nationality have been killed as a result of explosions in ammunition and fuel depots at Hama airbase west of Hama city, also, news were published about tens of Israeli media strikes against locations of the regime forces and the militiamen loyal to them and the Lebanese Hezbollah, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the killing of 40 members of the regime forces and the militiamen loyal to them including 2 officers since last April 2018.
And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the absence of the Iranian party and its forces from the military participation in these areas, against the backdrop of the cessation of the military operation that was taking place in the eastern and southeastern countryside of Idlib, and not continuing it towards the towns of al-Fu’ah and Kafriya in northeast of Idlib city, which are inhabited by citizens of the Shia sect.
And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published days ago that In conjunction with local, regional and international talk about the stay or withdrawal of Iranian Forces and their loyal and affiliated armed militias, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights -so far- has not monitored any withdrawals by the Iranian military forces, the Iraqi, Afghan and Asian militias, and, the Lebanese Hezbollah from their military positions on the Syrian territory, where the above-mentioned forces remain in their military positions which are spread in most of the Syrian areas, and these sites are distributed between al-Kiswah area and the southwest of Rif Dimashq, the southern countryside of Aleppo, the surroundings the towns of Nubl and Zahra in the northern countryside of Aleppo, the eastern countryside of Idlib, the northern and southern countryside of Hama and Sahl al-Ghab in the northwestern countryside of Hama, al-Qalamoun, Zabadani plain, southwestern countryside of Homs, al-Bokamal, and the Deserts of Homs and Deir Ezzor.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained information from reliable sources about the numbers of Iranian Forces and their loyal militias of Lebanese, Iraqi, Afghan, Iranian and Asian nationalities, where the number is estimated to be more than 32000 non-Syrian fighters, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the killing of thousands of them, since the start of the Syrian revolution in March 2011 until the 23rd of May 2018, where at least 8100 members of the non-Syrians mostly from the Shia sect who fight under the banner of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and their militias of Afghans, Iraqis and Asians, in addition to 1670 at least members of the Lebanese Hezbollah.