Exploiting Russian-Ukrainian war | Iran expands its influence in Syria and boosts its military presence in areas south of Hama
Since the start of the Russian war in Ukraine, Iran has remarkably expanded its influence and escalated its activity in Syria, by setting up training camp centres and transferring weapons to “Iranian colony” west of Euphrates and Palmyra in the countryside of Homs.
According to reliable sources, Iranian-backed militias have expanded their influence in Hama countryside by transforming “47th Brigade” in Jabal Maareen in the southern Hama countryside into a military base of Al-Quds corps, the main base of Iranian-militias command in Hama province.
According to Syrian Observatory sources, the Iranian base at Jabal Maareen now houses a training centre for Iranian forces, and military reinforcements of quantitive weapons and members have recently arrived.
It is worth noting that the 47th Brigade is a tank brigade affiliated with the 11th Division of the Syrian Army, but it is under absolute Iranian control.
On April 13, Syrian Observatory activists in West Euphrates region, the “Iranian colony in Syria,” reported that Afghan “Liwaa Fatimyoun” militia transferred weapons and ammunition, where two trucks, loaded with Iranian-made medium-range missiles, ammunition, and other weapons, arrived in Athar Al-Shalby area in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, west of Euphrates.
According to SOHR sources, the trucks headed to eastern Homs desert, where Fatimyoun militia was making intensive movements.