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Albin Szakola

New pro-Assad force in
the works for east Syria

Days after US-backed troops announced the start of a long-anticipated drive toward Raqqa, a recruiting call has gone out in pro-regime circles for the Mobilization Forces of the Euphrates and Jazira.

Pro-Assad militiamen in eastern Syria. (image via stepagency-sy.net/)

BEIRUT - Days after US-backed forces announced the start of a long-anticipated drive toward Raqqa, a recruiting call has gone out for a new pro-regime militia ostensibly slated to operate in northern and eastern Syria.

 

A number of pro-Assad media outlets on Tuesday posted an advertisement for the “Mobilization Forces of the Euphrates and Jazira,” the latter term an old designation for the Hasakeh province under the de-facto control of Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).

 

The terse announcement called on natives of the Deir Ezzor, Hasakeh and Raqqa provinces to gather in central Damascus’ Veterans Hall on Thursday for the “launch of the military formation against ISIS and other armed groups,” without elaborating further which other factions it aimed to target.

 

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Recruiting call for Mobilization Forces of the Euphrates and Jazira. (Facebook/Syria.alebaa.SY)
 
As of yet, there is no public information on what apparatus of the Syrian government is behind the new militia, while its recruiting call says the force was being formed by the “Popular Initiative of the People of the Euphrates and Jazira.”
 

Enab Baladi reported that the Riyad Arsan was responsible for running the Mobilization Forces of the Euphrates and Jazira, however the pro-rebel outlet was unable to provide any information on the Deir Ezzor native who now lives in Syria’s capital.

 

The new pro-Assad force’s ostensible establishment comes after the Syrian Democratic Forces over the weekend announced the start of Operation Euphrates Wrath aimed at surrounding ISIS’s de-facto capital of Raqqa.

 

Syrian regime forces in early June attempted an offensive of their own against ISIS in Raqqa, however the short-lived drive in the southwest of the province ended in disaster for the government troops, who suffered heavy losses.

 

NOW's English news desk editor Albin Szakola (@AlbinSzakola) wrote this report. 

Pro-Assad militiamen in eastern Syria. (image via stepagency-sy.net/)

The terse announcement called on natives of the Deir Ezzor, Hasakeh and Raqqa provinces to gather in central Damascus’ Veterans Hall on Thursday for the “launch of the military formation against ISIS and other armed groups."