Desert Hawks commander, General Mohammad Jaber, and Lt. General Ali Ayyoub discuss the logistics behind the upcoming offensive
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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The pro-government paramilitary force “Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra” (Desert Hawks Brigade) has been disbanded after more than three years of service in Syria.

The group’s founder and leader, Colonel Mohammad Jaber, has disbanded the group and returned to Russia, where he will continue his lucrative business.

The military personnel in the Desert Hawks will either join the Syrian Marines, which is commanded by Colonel Aymen Jaber (Mohammad’s brother), or the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Corps.

Similar to the Syrian Marines, the Desert Hawks have served on several fronts in Syria, including northeast Latakia, Palmyra, southern Aleppo, and northern Hama.

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I would think that this was largely the result of the disgraceful beheading of ISIS terrorists incident a month or so ago. This behaviour is totally unacceptable and I would think that the SAA and Russian commanders demanded the disbandment of this independent unit because of that.

That does not mean that the majority of this units soldiers were not courageous in combat. They had a long history of loyalty and combat success.

It was a breakdown in leadership by the officers and NCO’s that necessitated their disbandment in my opinion.

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James R

What do you refer to”the disgraceful beheading of ISIS terrorists incident a month or so ago.” I cannot find a single reference to any such incident on the internet. Searched under desert hawks scandal and desert Hawks beheading of ISiS terrorist, maybe sources are in Arabic? The first commenter is right, the Desert Hawks description as supposedly elite was never matched by results, ever. The laughable offensive towards Taqba last year .where they ludicrously drove across the desert without entrenching a single position, stands out as a completely ill planned and predictable disaster, the operations and the results achieved by… Read more »

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Cyriak Papasissis

You are right . The Iraqi PMU were accused of beheading captive ISIS members , never I read anything about Syrian troops doing such a thing. The Desert Hawks were war weary ,no way elite formation. They were a ”short name” of the motivation problems the SAA had at the beginning, before the Russians started training them.

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They were photographed holding ISIS heads either here, on SouthFront or both.

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I would say it is rather because of their mercenary behaviour in Aleppo right after its liberation

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that is not good news indeed

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Cyriak Papasissis

Very good , rational decision , is going to benefit the SAA and specifically the 5th Corps, hopefully making a new and fresh start in that disciplined formation.

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Janjak Desalin 1804

They’ve been ineffective for quite some time!

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Mammouth Lafouinne

To tell the truth this unit winded lately quite out of control becoming much overated in comparison to the money it was engulfing.

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Kids in Africa

Nobody wants independent unit, so their more easy to control.