BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – A large number of Iranian-backed forces and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) personnel have arrived in the western countryside of the Deir Ezzor Governorate this evening, as they prepare for a major operation to clear the Badiya Al-Sham region in the vast Syrian Desert.
According to a Syrian military source in Damascus, the Iranian-backed forces and Syrian Arab Army troops were deployed from all over Syria to help with the upcoming operation to clear this desert area.
The source added that Iranian-backed troops from southern Syria were also part of this convoy of reinforcements.
However, the source could not specify if this move to redeploy the Iranian-backed forces to eastern Syria was part of the recent Russian-Israeli negotiations in Moscow.
Damascus has maintained that their southern Syria offensive will be exclusively conducted by their Syrian troops, often hinting that there will no Iranian-backed troops involved.
Due to the Islamic State’s (ISIS) repeated attacks in the Badiya Al-Sham region recently, the Syrian military has made the decision to tackle this issue before the terrorist group breaks out of this large pocket.