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Iraq’s Popular Mobilization:
Assad inviting us to Syria

“The Syrian government under Bashar al-Assad sent an invitation to the commanders of the Popular Mobilization Forces to enter Syria after liberating Iraq."

Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces units deploying around Mosul. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

BEIRUT - An influential figure in the Popular Mobilization Forces has revealed that Damascus requested the Tehran-backed paramilitary organization to fight in Syria after its campaign against ISIS in Iraq comes to an end.

 

“The Syrian government under Bashar al-Assad sent an invitation to the commanders of the Popular Mobilization Forces to enter Syria after liberating Iraq,” Hadi al-Ameri, the leader of the Badr Organization, told Sputnik News Tuesday.

 

The Syrian government has made no official statement on the matter, however a number of Iraqi Shiite militias within the Popular Mobilization Forces, including Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba and Kataib al-Imam Ali among others, are already fighting on behalf of the Assad regime in Aleppo, Palmyra and other flashpoint fronts.

 

Last month, the Popular Mobilization Forces, which is currently engaged in fighting against ISIS outside Mosul, announced its readiness to take part in military operations Syria.

 

"After clearing all our land from these terrorist gangs, we are fully ready to go to any place that contains a threat to Iraqi national security," Popular Mobilization Forces spokesperson Ahmad al-Asadi said in a press conference.

 

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

Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces units deploying around Mosul. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)