Lebanese, Iraqi Popular Forces to Assist Syrian Army to Restore Security to Damascus-Baghdad Road
The AMN reported that the Iraqi fighters, comprised of forces from the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Shaabi), greatly outnumber the Hezbollah forces in Southern Syria.
It added that similar to Hezbollah’s field operations along the Lebanese border since 2013, the Iraqi paramilitaries are poised to not only secure the Baghdad-Damascus Highway, but also, seal the border to the terrorists.
Elements of the Popular Mobilization Units have been inside Syria for 15 months, with the initial forces deployed to Damascus (Sayyida Zaynab area), Aleppo, and Deir Ezzur.
The Popular Mobilization Units will now have much more responsibility inside Syria, as the government in Damascus hopes their participation will help eliminate the last remnants of ISIL terrorists inside the country.