Ankara: Saeed Abdel Razek – Idlib: Firas Karam – Tel Aviv: “Asharq Al-Awsat”
Iran has intensified its efforts to enhance its incursion into the Syrian regime’s areas, whether above or below ground, by storing weapons and ammunition in tunnels.
Syrian opposition sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that “in a new military tactic aimed at extending Iran’s influence over the largest area of Syrian territory, the Revolutionary Guards and loyal militias, including the Lebanese Hezbollah, and the Afghan Fatemiyoun Brigade militias, have strengthened, in addition to the Al-Nujaba Movement.” The Iraqi militia Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, and the Syrian al-Baqir Brigade, are present in about 120 military sites and headquarters in the eastern countryside of Homs, the Hama desert, the Raqqa desert, Deir ez-Zor and Aleppo governorate. She added that these sites were “recently reinforced by about 4,500 members of the militias loyal to Iran, and with numbers of missile platforms, heavy weapons, drones and communications devices, and the militias recently seized the strategic Mahin warehouses east of Homs after expanding their influence at the Nairab Military Airport in Aleppo Governorate at the expense of the Russian and the Russian forces.” The regime has also established camps to train Syrian volunteers.
This information coincided with the preparation of a study by the Military Intelligence Division in the Israeli army on the situation in Syria, which was recently submitted to the Chief of Staff, which included a warning against “a creeping Iranian settlement and a widespread dissemination of Shiite or Alawite ideas.” She said that this “settlement” is close to the borders of Israel in the eastern part of the Golan. Yesterday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights indicated that a colonel in the regime forces, who came from the village of Ein Feet in the Golan, was killed as a result of the explosion of an explosive device in his car in Damascus. On the other hand, 5 members of the “Syrian National Army”, supported by Ankara, were killed. At dawn on Wednesday, unknown persons attacked one of the security checkpoints in the Salama-Azaz area, within the Turkish operations area, north of Aleppo, at a time when opposition sources indicated that “members of the organization (ISIS) were involved in this bloody attack.”
Nour al-Din al-Halabi, an activist in Aleppo countryside, said that “a sudden attack carried out by unidentified gunmen using a car and machine guns, targeted a security checkpoint of the Third Corps in the ranks of the Levant Front, one of the factions of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army, in the Salama (Sjo) area in the Azaz countryside. north of Aleppo, and the attack led to the killing of a commander and 4 members of the Legion, while others were seriously wounded.”