How Iran and Assad penetrated the ranks of so-called tribal fighters

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DeirEzzor24 exclusive report:

Tribal sheikhs and notables in the areas of the Assad regime began to carry out a mission entrusted to them by the intelligence service of the Assad regime and at the behest of the Iranian militias, to exploit the clash that occurred between a section of the tribes of Deir Ezzor and the SDF in the recent period.

With the armed clashes and the SDF’s storming of the towns of Dhiban and Al-Hawaij, the stronghold of what they called “tribal fighters,” many armed groups crossed towards the city of Al-Mayadin, which is under the control of Assad’s forces and Iranian militias. They were received by someone called “Hashim Al-Sattam,” the commander of the Assud Al-Aqidat militia, affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard militia. Nawaf Al-Bashir, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard militia, represented by Hajj Hussein, the militia official in Al-Mayadeen, allowed them to train in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard militia camps, and appointed a commander from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard called “Ali” from Homs Governorate to be responsible for them militarily, and “Ali” is the official in charge of the security office.

A person responsible for food and accommodation was appointed, a commander &in the Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas militia called “Muhammad al-Khalouf,” from the people of al-Mayadeen.

Military cards were also issued by the Revolutionary Guard for each member of the “tribal fighters,” including a name and temporary number, and the task of recording the members’ data was entrusted to a commander nicknamed “Abu Abbas” from the city of Homs, who is an official in the Personality Department of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard militia.

The trained military groups cross into the SDF-controlled areas through river crossings prepared for smuggling in the city of Al-Ashara, Sabikhan, and the village of Al-Kashma, east of Deir Ezzor, and their crossing is covered by artillery belonging to the Iranian militias until they reach the target.

In the same context, since the first days of the events in the east of the Euphrates, the Assad regime began allowing groups of its militias (National Defense and Eastern Lions) to cross into SDF-controlled areas east of the Euphrates, and to participate in the fighting alongside tribal fighters, the last of which was about a week ago when approximately 40 members of the militia entered. The Assud Sharqiya also went to the town of Dhiban, participated in the fighting, and returned 4 days later.

The coordination between the Iranian militias and Assad forces on the one hand, and the tribal fighters has increased, and the majority of the recent attacks on SDF points are launched by groups coming from areas controlled by the Assad regime in Buqurs, Al-Mayadeen, Al-Quria, Al-Ashara, and Sabikhan.

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