BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 A.M.) – The newly formed Special Mission Forces of the Syrian Interior Ministry have proven incredibly effective in Aleppo and Damascus recently, halting any advance by jihadist groups attacking government-controlled areas.
Comprised of mostly former Syrian Army officers, the Special Mission Forces have been tasked by the Interior Ministry with protecting large cities from jihadist groups attempting to infiltrate into the government areas.
The Special Mission Forces have specifically done a great job in Aleppo, foiling random attacks by jihadists in the Old City and western suburbs, while their allies from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) focus on the front-lines around the provincial capital.
However, the Special Mission Forces are not limited to protecting cities, they have also been involved in Syrian Army’s East Ghouta offensive, where they often carry out attacks behind enemy lines.
Unlike the government-backed National Defense Forces (NDF), the Special Mission Forces are more than just a militia, as many of their personnel have had extensive experience in the Syrian Army’s Special Forces prior to taking this role.
As the violence from this conflict eventually dissipates, the Special Mission Forces will likely play an integral role in the rebuilding process in Syria.