The Syrian government’s campaign to increase the number of civilian defense personnel around the country is under way, as the first batch of officers graduated in Aleppo City earlier this morning.
Similar to the National Defense Forces (NDF), the civil defense personnel will be policing the cities and villages they live in, while also working in conjunction with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies.
Unlike the National Defense Forces, these civil defense officers will be restricted to their cities and villages – they will not be conducting military operations outside of their designated areas.
The civil defense personnel should help the Syrian Arab Army and their allies govern their designated areas, including the recently captured villages that require a substantial number of fighters to protect.
Aleppo will not be the only site for these local police units, large metropolitan cities like Damascus, Latakia, Hama, Sweida, Tartous, and Dara’a will all have similar personnel.