The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

After SOHR published military exercises of Iranian militias | Commander of Al-Qods Legion shows up in site of military operations in Syrian Desert

The commander of Al-Qods Legion of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards “Ismail Qaany” showed up in areas of military exercises in the Syrian Desert, and participated in the exercises that are supervised by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the Lebanese Hezbollah in the Syrian Desert near the borders between Syria and Iraq.

“Qaany” was appointed on January 3, 2020, as the commander of the Iranian Al-Qods Legion as successor to Qassim Al-Soleimany, who was killed in Iraq in an airstrike by US forces in the vicinity of Baghdad International Airport.

On September 17, the Iranian “Revolutionary Guards” militias conducted military exercises in Al-Bokamal Desert near the borders between Syria and Iraq, where explosions were heard in Al-Hasian area in Al-Bokamal Desert in Deir Ezzor countryside, coinciding with the flight of an unidentified drone over the region.

It is worth noting that the militias used artillery and heavy weaponry during the military exercises.

On September 14, areas controlled by the Iranian-backed militias in Deir Ezzor province, on the western bank of Euphrates, were witnessing escalating movements of those militias, where they conduct periodic and intensive exercises on an almost daily basis, supervised by IRGC and Lebanese Hezbollah.
The Military exercises were concentrated on using missiles and drones and striking fake targets, in addition to exercises with live ammunition and heavy weapons, in Al-Mayadeen and Al-Bokamal areas, and other areas near the Syrian-Iraqi border, in operations that mimic the targeting of the bases of the international coalition on the other bank of the river.
In contrast, counter-exercises were carried out by the international coalition forces with live ammunition as well, at their bases within Al-Omar oil field and Koniko gas field in Deir Ezzor countryside, which mimic the targeting of militias areas west of Euphrates, in addition to similar exercises carried out by them at Al-Shadadi base in Al-Hasakah countryside, for the same reasons.
This came in light of the ongoing tension between both sides and the continuing preparations for any anticipated military operation between the international coalition and the Iranian-backed militias, that the area of the west of the Euphrates may witness.
Not only in Deir Ezzor, in Homs, specifically within its desert, the Lebanese Hezbollah militia and IRGC conducted military training a few days ago, within Palmyra Military Airport in the eastern desert of Homs, where fighters of Iranian and Lebanese nationalities are being trained to use drones by specialists from leaders of Hezbollah and Syrian guards.
This came in conjunction with the continuation of the military exercises of the International Coalition forces in Al-Tanef base in within the 55th kilometre de-confliction zone, at the border area between Syria, Jordan and Iraq, where International Coalition forces were conducting their exercises to ascertain combat readiness and raise the capabilities of the forces at the base in anticipation of any attack. The exercises included sounding sirens and deployment of forces within shelters. They also continued their exercises to counter any attack by Iranian militias drones that might target the base.