Iran intensifies presence west of the Euphrates River in Syria

A Syrian security officer mans a checkpoint on the outskirts of Jarablus, northern Syria, on May 30, 2018. (AP)

Iranian militias intensified their presence west of the Euphrates River in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said, noting these militias’ presence in Abu Kamal and Mayadin east of Syria near the borders with Iraq.

The observatory said these militias’ deployment is not only limited to the military aspect but it also includes other aspects for the purpose of evading regional and international monitoring.

Iran and its militias in Syria, numbering thousands in several areas, aim to expand their presence to extend to social and commercial aspects.

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The Iranians’ deployment in east Syria has been concentrated in main areas in Mayadin. For instance, Afghan militias have established a kitchen that distributes meals to residents and the displaced people.

A Sharia’h school in Mayadin has been turned into a center where Iranian and Shiite militias gather occasionally and hold sectarian conferences and seminars.

This article is also available in Arabic.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53