Military drill | Russian forces train "8th Brigade" in Daraa countryside and "T4" airport • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Military drill | Russian forces train “8th Brigade” in Daraa countryside and “T4” airport

Reliable sources have told the Syrian Observatory that Russian forces have begun conducting new military exercises for “8th Brigade” fighters operating under the burner of their backed “5th Corps”.

According to Syrian Observatory sources, Russian forces have transported a number of brigade personnel to “T4” airport in central Syria in the countryside of Homs, in addition to transporting a number of others to camps in the countryside of Daraa to conduct military exercises on the use of various types of weapons. However, the reasons behind these military drills are still unknown until this moment.

On January 15, Reliable sources informed SOHR that tensions were recently escalated between the leaders of “8th Brigade” of “5th Corps” and the Russian forces in province of Daraa in the south of Syria.

This tension broke out as Russia constantly demands from the brigade commanders to send combatants to combat ISIS, whose activity had recently escalated across the Syrian desert.

According to Syrian Observatory sources, the leadership of Russian-backed “8th Brigade” in Daraa has rejected sending fighters to fight in the Syrian desert due to the presence of foreign fighters of non-Syrian nationalities from “Iran-Afghanistan-Iraq” fighting alongside the Syrian regime.

It is worth noting that Russian forces did not hand over the salaries of fighters of the “8th Brigade” in Daraa for 5 months, for unknown reasons.