Regime Assembles New Militia to ‘Protect Druze’ in Suweida

Source claims Syrian intelligence responsible for forming the 27,000 strong force in the country's south

The Assad regime’s Air Force Intelligence service has overseen the formation of a new paramilitary group in the southern Suweida province, a source told Zaman al-Wasl.

Around 27,000 militants will make up the force in the predominantly Druze area. The Lebanese Hezbollah militia is known to have trained a number of the group’s members in October.

Retired Air Force Colonel Jamal al-Halabi will command the group under the pretext of protecting the historic Druze stronghold from the Islamic States and other jihadist groups.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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