Iranian-backed militias in Syria | Iraqi militia establishes military headquarters around Ain Ali shrine in Mayadeen desert
Deir Ezzor province: SOHR activists have reported that the Iranian-backed Iraqi militia of al-Imam al-Hady has established new military headquarters in the surrounding areas of Ain Ali shrine, after their presence was confined to al-Mazare’ area. The Iraqi militia has been positioned in the sector of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, where it has established an office and several military headquarters nearby Ain Ali shrine, which is located to the south-east of al-Mayadeen desert in east Deir Ezzor countryside.
Al-Imam al-Hady militia comprises Iraqi members who came to al-Mayadeen area in Deir Ezzor countryside on May 5, 2020.
On October 6, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported “the arrival of new weapons shipment from Iraq to areas under the control of Iranian-backed militias in west Euphrates region.”
The new shipment, according to SOHR, entered Syria via an unofficial border crossing run by Iranian-backed militias at night.
The weapons shipment was taken to al-Mayadeen city in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, then to the archaeological fortress of al-Rahba on the outskirts of the city where the weapons were stored.
According to SOHR sources, the weapons shipment included Iranian-made short-range missiles and rocket launchpads. It is worth noting that the Iranian-backed militias rarely bring in weapons shipments at night, as most of the previous shipments entered Syria at daytime.