Russian-Iranian “cold war” | Pro-Iran militias establish military base east of Aleppo
Aleppo province: SOHR activists in the countryside of Aleppo have reported that pro-Iran militias have established a military base on a hill near the bank of the Euphrates River, east of Aleppo.
According to SOHR sources, the new military base is located opposite the SDF-held areas, as it was built in the village of Habbouba, between the town of Khifsa and the city of Maskanah, east of Aleppo.
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 was opposite the SDF positions on the river’s eastern bank, and it contained 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.
Iran continues to expand into Syrian territory through its loyal militias, headed by the Afghani militia of “Liwa Fatemiyoun,” through ongoing recruitment operations using “Shi’aism” (conversion to Shiite) and by offering money in light of the dire living conditions throughout Syria.
Recruitment operations are concentrated in the areas of Maskanah, Al-Sefira, Deir Hafer, and other towns and villages east of Aleppo, which are carried out through middlemen and bureaus that offer financial incentives, at a time when Russia is competing with those militias control the region, as is the custom in the various Syrian regions that are witnessing a cold war between the Russians and the Iranians. While ISIS is active in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, within the desert area .