The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Russian and regime military drills | Sounds of explosions heard, and rocket shell landed in Al-Qamishli city

Several explosions have been heard in Al-Qamishli city, caused by joint military exercises by Russian and regime forces at Al-Qamishli airport.

According to Syrian Observatory activists, a rocket shell has landed on the outskirts of Al-Villat neighbourhood in regime-held areas due to those exercises. No casualties have been reported.

On April 22, SOHR sources reported that an Iranian commander with other commanders and members of Iranian-backed militias met with supporters of the state security service and elders of Tayi’ tribe in Al-Qamishli city in Al-Hasakah countryside.

According to SOHR sources, nearly 100 people, including regime officers stationed in Al-Qamishli airport and the elder of Tayi’ tribe known as “Ali Hawwas Al-Khalif,” attended the meeting.

The attendants discussed the establishment of a military council to be represented by the members who attended the meeting under the supervision of Iranian advisers in order to confront the US project with SDF, as they described. The council also aims to impose its influence to react arrests by SDF and Asayish Forces.

The attendants also discussed the engagement of tribesmen in the new formation to participate in counter-terrorism battles alongside regime forces.

SOHR sources also reported that the Iranian commander confirmed that every member of the new formation would get a monthly salary of 200,000 SYP, as well as food baskets and security cards. He also stated that a regime officer would supervise the training of the members and recruits.

This came as a part of Iranian efforts to expand in Syria and lure regime affiliates to work for them, with Russia being preoccupied with its war in Ukraine.

According to SOHR statistics, the number of recruits working for Iranian-backed militias in Al-Hasakah province exceeds 800 fighters, of whom there are 390 fighters and commanders of the regime-backed National Defence Forces, while 410 are of civilians and people of Arab tribes, such as Al-Abid, Yassar, Hareeth, Bani Sab’a and Al-Sharayeen. It is worth noting that these fighters were recruited by offering incentive monthly salaries in light of the recent economic hardship. Meanwhile, the new recruits are trained in camps of Tartab Regiment in southern Al-Qamishli, before they are distributed to other areas, the most prominent of which is west Euphrates region.