Assad's Unofficial Iraqis

(Asharq Al-Awsat-UK) Hamza Mustafa - Iraqi militia fighters have done much to take the pressure off Syrian government forces in and around Damascus. Whereas Hizbullah's contributions to the war effort have been concentrated on the Lebanese border, Iraqi fighters are now an important part of the regime's forces in the south of the country. The Al-Abbas Brigade is the most prominent militant group fighting in Syria. First appearing in 2012 in the Sayyidah Zaynab area, it is a well-trained military group equipped with modern weaponry, making it highly effective in urban combat. Most of its fighters are Shi'ites.

2014-04-14 00:00:00

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