المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

In 70 days | Afghan “Liwa Fatemiyoun” militia recruits nearly 750 young men and men from eastern Aleppo countryside, exploiting dire living conditions in Syria

Iran continues to expand into Syrian territory through its loyal militias mainly loyal to it, headed by the Afghani militia of “Liwa Fatemiyoun.”

In eastern Aleppo countryside, SOHR sources say that recruitment operations by “Liwa Fatemiyoun” continues in full swing, through ongoing “Shi’aism” proselytising operations (conversion to Shiite) by offering financial incentives and continuous usage of religion and sectarianism in light of the dire living conditions throughout Syria.

According to SOHR sources, the number of people recruited by Iranian-backed militias since early February has risen to 740. The recruitment operations are concentrated in the areas of Maskanah, Al-Sfirah, Deir Hafer, and other areas in towns and villages of eastern Aleppo through Iran’s middlemen and bureaus that offer financial incentives.

This development coincides with Russia’s efforts to compete with Iranian militias for influence in this areas, along with the cold war between the two sides. It is worth noting that ISIS is active and prevalent in desert areas in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

On March 26, reliable sources in the eastern countryside of Aleppo informed SOHR that the Iranian-backed militias, headed by the Afghani militia of Liwa Fatemiyoun, continued strengthening their presence in the region through ongoing “Shi’aism” proselytising operations (conversion to Shiite) by offering financial incentives and continuous usage of religion and sectarianism in light of the dire living situation throughout Syria, lack of job opportunities and astronomically inflated prices.

According to SOHR sources, the number of people recruited by Iranian-backed militias in Aleppo countryside since early February has risen to 645. The recruitment operations are concentrated in the areas of Maskanah, Al-Sfirah, Deir Hafer, and other areas in towns and villages of eastern Aleppo through Iran’s spiritual proxies and bureaus that offer financial incentives.

  

On March 16, SOHR sources reported that Russian and regime forces set up a joint military post on the western bank of the Euphrates region near Khan Al-Sha’r in western Maskanah which is under the control of regime forces in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

The recently-established post is opposite the SDF positions on the river’s eastern bank, and it contains heavy gears, tens of soldiers and command centre provided with communication military devices.

This development came as a part of efforts to put an end to the Iranian military expansion in the eastern countryside of Aleppo and their imposition of influence over the area’s dignitaries and tribal elders.

 

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