المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

To counter ISIS resurgence | Regime forces and Iranian-backed militias establish “Jaysh Al-Asha’er” in Syrian desert

Syrian Observatory activists have reported frequent meetings by the tribes and dignitaries in the Syrian desert in Hama, Aleppo and Idlib countryside in order to establish a new military formation for countering ISIS attacks in the area from Al-Saan and Itharya areas in Hama countryside to the area of Tal Al-Daman in the south of Aleppo and the east of Idlib.

 

The new formation comprises fighters from the region’s tribes, and they are: Al-Ma’atah, Al-Kawsimah, Al-Jumaylah, Al-Ghanatesah, Al-Hudaydeen, Al-Bojameel, Al-Hajjaj and other tribes.

 

According to local sources, the elder of Al-Ma’atah tribe in the eastern countryside of Hama, under direct support by regime forces and Iranian militias, will be assigned as the newly-established formation’s leader. It is worth noting that this man is a retired regime major general.

 

On the other hand, Russian jets and regime helicopters continue bombarding ISIS positions in Itharya area and Al-Rasafah desert in the Syrian desert, along with attacks by ISIS members on regime positions and ally forces in the region. However, no casualties have been reported so far.

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