Iraqi Paramilitary Reinforcements Arrive in Aleppo, Syria*
By Leith Fadel
Several hundred soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary) arrived to the Aleppo Governorate city of Al-Safira this week in order to prepare for the large-scale offensive that is expected to begin in the coming weeks.
The Iraqi reinforcements were reportedly flown from Tehran to Damascus this past weekend after a short leave. Following their arrival, the Harakat Al-Nujaba fighters were transferred from Damascus to Aleppo, where they rejoined their allies from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Liwaa Al-Fatemiyyoun (Afghani branch of the IRGC), Liwaa Abu Fadl Al-‘Abbas, Liwaa Imam ‘Ali, and Hezbollah.
The Syrian Arab Army reinforcements came from the 154th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division; they were briefly deployed to Al-Qamishli before returning to Aleppo. More reinforcements are expected to arrive in the coming days; however, these are primarily militiamen from the National Defense Forces (NDF).