Hizbullah Is Training Syria's 1st Corps for Future War Against Israel

(Jerusalem Post) Anna Ahronheim - Hizbullah is preparing the Syrian Arab Army's 1st Corps for a future war against Israel, training its commanders and soldiers as well as deploying it for intelligence-gathering against the IDF in the Golan Heights. Since the return of regime forces to southern Syria, the influence of Hizbullah on the Syrian army has increased dramatically. If Hizbullah carries out an attack from the Golan Heights, the 1st Corps will provide Hizbullah with better mobility, firepower, and manpower Intelligence-gathering is carried out through dozens of Syrian army observation posts along the Syrian Golan Heights. While there are Syrian soldiers in each post, sometimes accompanied by Hizbullah operatives, all orders are given by Hizbullah. Hizbullah's Southern Headquarters operation is led by commander Hajj Hashem, whose real name is Munir Ali Na'im Shaiti, who has been involved in several terror attacks against Israeli civilians. While the commanders of the Southern Headquarters are all Lebanese Hizbullah, the troops are all local Syrians. According to a report by Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Shaiti has recruited over 3,500 locals through financial incentives since mid-2018.

2020-05-22 00:00:00

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