BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The powerful pro-government paramilitary unit, Al-Baqir Brigade, has vowed to capture the territories controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Deir Ezzor.

In the video, one of the commanders of the Al-Baqir Brigade, Fadi Al-‘Afays, says in the presence of a Russian soldier that his forces are ready to attack and capture these territories from the SDF.

The Syria-based Al-Watan publication released a similar report on Sunday that reiterated the claim about the supreme commander of the Al-Baqir Brigade, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Bashir, heading to Deir Ezzor from Damascus in the coming days.

The Al-Baqir Brigade is one of the most powerful factions in the Iranian-backed Local Defense Forces (LDF); they have participated in several operations alongside the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), including the offensives in Aleppo and southern Al-Raqqa.

Many of the Al-Baqir Brigade’s early operations took place in the Aleppo Governorate; this is due to the large number of Al-Baggara (var. Al-Baqqara, Al-Bakkara) tribesmen that are currently part of this paramilitary group.

However, unlike the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF), the Al-Baqir Brigade and many LDF units work closely with the Iranian troops and Hezbollah, which is one of the reasons for their strong antipathy for the U.S.-backed groups and western-led Anti-ISIS Coalition.

It is worth noting that the Al-Baqir Brigade has threatened the U.S.-backed forces in Syria on a number of occasions; however, these factions have rarely come to blows in Syria.

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Long Live Syria

As with all militia who are armed to teeth, the purpose of forming local militia starts with an external enemy attacking their country and local militias are formed to protect their lands when the regular army is stretched out or can’t due to various reasons. Once the threat of the external enemy is gone the Militia should be disbanded but it becomes very challenging & difficult as the militia most of them are local tribes started by the local warlords who have grown all too powerful and enjoy defacto supreme powers do not want to get disbanded and try to… Read more »

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Nestor Arapa

Primero deberían de priorizar la toma de Idlib y la expulsión de los mercenarios Turcos del norte de Alepo, luego vendría la toma de decisión sobre los Kurdos, todavía falta terminar con ISIS en la zona, Al-Tanf es otra prioridad… Con esta decisión sólo resta fuerzas de lucha contra el terrorismo.

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Why expelling the militants? So they will go on? Better send them to their 72 virgins!

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Karel Vd Geest

Interesting and utter BS at the same time. A large force of Wagner forces and NDF, with tanks anc artillery tried to attack at Kaasam, east of the river, north of DeZ city. They were destroyed by just two planes of USAF, taking hundreds of lives in a few hours. SDF now way beyond 100 k forces and they, as an Iranian proxy are going to invade?. From the same Kassam that saw other proxies destroyed. From the same Kassem D24 reported the Russians are going to hand over to SDF. I think it is posturing because of the handover… Read more »