A large convoy of Iraqi paramilitary fighters arrived in the Palmyra (Tadmur) countryside on Thursday morning after taking a long hiatus from this front.
The convoy was comprised of Iraqi fighters from Kata’eb Imam Al-‘Ali, Liwaa Abu Fadl Al-‘Abbas, and Kata’eb Hezbollah; these paramilitary units participated in several battles in southern Aleppo before deploying to Palmyra.
Kata’eb Imam Al-‘Ali and Kata’eb Hezbollah are very familiar with the Palmyra front, as they originally participated in the battle to liberate this ancient desert city from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
The reason for their deployment is still unknown; however, the Syrian Arab Army’s 11th and 18th Tank Divisions were in need of reinforcements for quite some time.
The lack of manpower was one of the reasons the Syrian Armed Forces could not continue their offensive to lift the siege on Deir Ezzor.