المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

SOHR | “Media reports of Iranian forces pulling out of Syria untrue”

“Shi’aism” proselytising operations | Iran recruits nearly 11,000 Syrians in eastern Euphrates and south Syria

At a time when Israel renews its vows not to allow the Iranians to entrench their presence in Syria and escalates its strikes and attacks on the Iranian positions in Syrian territory, Iranian forces and their loyalists refuse to leave Syria and are content with troops redeployment from time to time.

 

Meanwhile, spiritual proxies of Iranian forces and Iranian-backed militias continue recruiting men and young people by offering financial incentives and continuous usage of religion and sectarianism, especially in southern Syria and the western banks of the Euphrates River where these forces are located and have widespread influence.

 

“Shi’aism” proselytising operations (conversion to Shiite) are concentrated in Al-Mayadin city, its outskirts and desert, Al-Bokamal and other area in Deir Ezzor countryside in western Euphrates, “Saraya al-Areen” of Brigade 313 in north of Daraa, centers in Al-Lajat and other areas in Daraa, Al-Baath city and Khan Arnabah in Al-Quneitra countryside near the border with the Occupied Golan.

 

According to SOHR statistics, the number of volunteers in southern Syria exceeded 6,250. Meanwhile, the number of recent recruits in the ranks of Iranian forces and loyal militias in the west Euphrates region rose to nearly 4,700 Syrian young people and men.

 

Iranian militias intentionally intensify these recruitment operations, exploiting Russia’s preoccupation with military operations and recent agreements with Turkey regarding Northern Syria.

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