In a calculated move to guarantee the presence of Iranian-backed militias in Syria without any frictions with the Israeli forces on its border, the Bashar al-Assad regime is disguising them in Syrian uniforms. This is calculated at avoiding further Israeli air strikes against Iranian targets in Syria, according to a report published on Saturday by the Wall Street Journal.
Israel, who said earlier it will not allow forces loyal to Iran to take positions near the Golan Heights, is monitoring its border in anticipation of any military attack by the Syrian regime forces and its allies on fighters in southwest Syria.
The American newspaper added in its report that military convoys from Hezbollah militia and other Iranian-backed militias disguised in Syrian army uniforms under the Syrian flag have returned to both Daraa and al-Quneitra governorates in southwest Syria near the Golan Heights which is under the control of Israel.
A military source in the Syrian opposition said that the military convoy was equipped with rockets and missiles.
Using identities of deceased soldiers
Ahmed Azzam, commander of the opposition Salvation Army in al-Quneitra said: “The militias leave and then return in camouflage…They leave wearing Hezbollah military uniform and return in the Syrian regime vehicles wearing its uniforms.”
He added that many of the fighters from Lebanon, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan have obtained Syrian identity documents, while another military commander said these IDs belonged to men who died in combat during the past years.
Also Dia Hariri, an anti-regime activist from Daraa, stressed that Hezbollah and Iran have for years worked to establish themselves in the Syrian south, saying: “I do not think that Iran is ready to leave without a war after all these efforts within Syria.”