Member of Iranian-backed factions killed in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

Deir ez-Zor, Syria (North Press) – On Saturday, a leader of an Iranian-backed armed faction was killed as his vehicle was attacked near al-Tebni town in the western countryside of Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria.

A military source in the Iranian-backed Liwa al-Quds in the city of al-Bukamal in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor said unidentified gunmen targeted a military vehicle of the Iranian factions near al-Tebni desert with automatic machine guns, which led to the killing of a Badia Guard security leader in the brigade.

The leader was heading to his workplace at a military point in al-Tebni, and he was of Palestinian nationality, the source added on condition of anonymity.

Yesterday, the government forces along with the National Defense Forces and Iranian-backed factions launched a joint campaign to comb the area extending from the town of al-Mayadin in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor to the town of al-Bukamal on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

The declared goal of the campaign was to pursue ISIS sleeper cells, according to a source in the government forces. 

Late in October, a member of Iranian-backed faction was killed, another was wounded in an explosion by unknown individuals east of Deir ez-Zor.

Since the eruption of the events in Syria in 2011, Iran has officially announced its support to the Syrian government and sent its militias to support government forces in their war against factions of the Syrian opposition.

Iran supported and formed military factions, which are working to fulfill Iran’s ambition in Syria, the most prominent of these factions are National Defense Forces (NDF), Liwa Fatemiyoun, Hashemiyoun and Liwa Zainebiyoun.  

Iran continues the process of recruiting Syrian militants within the ranks of factions affiliated with it through attracting them by offers, and extorting the deteriorating economic conditions that Syria is witnessing.

There are about 30 recruiting centers deploying in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, west of the Euphrates River, most of them were houses belonging to residents that were seized by Iranian-backed factions under the pretext that their owners are residing in areas held by either Syrian Democratic Forces or opposition factions.

Reporting by Omar Abdurrahman