Damascus Will Dissolve All Pro-Government Militias – Report

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Damascus Will Dissolve All Pro-Government Militias - Report

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On June 2, an unnamed military source revealed to the pro-government blog al-Masdar News that the Damascus government will dissolve all pro-government militias after the upcoming military operation in the southern governorates Daraa and Al-Quneitra.

Al-Masdar said that the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Marines and the Military Shield Forces will be among the militias that will be dissolved. The fighters of these militias will be reenlisted into the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), or will return to their civilian life if they have fulfilled their military duty.

Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari the commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) called on the Damascus government to turn the NDF into an independent permanent force on November 23 of 2017. Back then, several Syrian pro-government activists doubted that this will happen, as the vast majority of Syrians believe that the SAA should be the sole legal force in the country.

Most of these Iranian-backed militias were formed in 2012 to support the SAA, which had suffered from heavy losses during the battles in northern and southern Syria back then.

Local observers believe that dissolving these militias will stabilize the situation in Syria and boost the SAA that will play a key role in the future of the war torn country.

SF analyses about Syrian pro-government forces:

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  • Rob

    Who will be exactly happy on this news of dissolving all pro government militias? Of course Israel, US, UK, France, SA etc.

    • Feudalism Victory

      And assad removing internal threats to his power. Thats why he has guards and army guys to balance each other. Doesn’t need a dozen poles.

      • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

        Good argument. (I’m also a Feudalist.)

        • Feudalism Victory

          Thanks. Ive also heard air force intelligence is basically assad intelligence as well so it may be a little more complicated.

    • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

      Think of it this way… The demobilized militia, wisely spread out, makes those portions of Syria under the occupying forces of Syria’s enemies increasingly untenable.

      • Bill Wilson

        These pro-gov militias are local units whose members are mostly older men that enlisted because they were unemployed. The SAA will cherry pick the younger men capable of being trained and send the rest home.

  • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

    Actually, this is not a bad move. At this stage they have outlived their military necessity, and general integration into the Army brings them under discipline. Understanding that Iran is fond of their IRGC (for good reason) Syria is not Iran and a Syrian version of IRGC is unrealistic. And also, with the demobilized militia, Syria now has a trained and combat experienced reserve which is invaluable.

    • as

      Exactly. They’ll definitely absorb the hardened bunch and create a new Syrian Army and thus protect them under diplomatic policy internationally as a legal state owned armed forces.

    • Siegfried

      Yeah, not a bad.. ISRAELi-move, to get the Iranians and Hezbollah-troops out and the US-troops and their protegees ISIS and Al-Qaeda regrouping IN THE OIL-FIEDS-zones.
      This is how you Americans did it in 1944 in France? “-Ah! They are still Germans in Holland and half France, but we took Paruis.. so half of the troops get disarmed and dismantled and may go home” ?

      Maybe I didn’t understand you well, mea culpa in this case, sorry.
      But the vigilanti-troops (civilian Arabs enrolled to fight FOR Assad can be simply INCLUDED into the REGULAR Syrian Army and the show is over, nobody may bark agains thsese troops.

      This is AGAIN some sh*t on the ISRAELI Wish-List and Putin does it— just asking myself WHAT PRICE Netanyahu ..WILL PUT the USA and the EU-NATO to pay to PUTIN for that? ;)..(Don’t think that ISRAEL will make any concessions.. that why Israel has his faithful dogs, the USA, NATO and EU..=>no sanctions, Crimea recogfnized, no NATO-troops in the Baltic States, Ukraine fifty-fifty… What else is on the trade-tablle?
      What ORDERS get the BILDERGERG-magg0t at their annual summ8it now in ITALY??..
      Russia’s return as full and respected menber to the G8-Raptors table, would be the coronation for Putin.. (and Assad “will be saved” with half of his Syria.. but IRAN will be f*cked up.

    • Blaine

      This move is a good idea on a number of levels.

      • christianblood

        Not really a good move! Syria still needs thousands of irregular militia as long as the terrorists and their allies are present in the Syrian soil. Irregular militias can do a lot that a regular army can’t do and they are a very effective, no nonesense fighting force! Remember, who liberated Mosul and the surrounding area from ISIS? Not the Iraqi regular army but the Shiite irregulars known as (Popular Mobilisation Units) and the Iraqi Hezbollah known as (Kata’ib Hezbollah). Syria need its irregular militia until every inch of Syria is freed from the terrorists and their allies.

        • Blaine

          It legitimizes the members of these militia, esp the foreign volunteers who might wish to stay on. It removes the layer of unaccountability when US or Israeli forces hit non SAA targets and claim all manner of identity.

          It should also increase the amount of protection and indirect support these militia members might receive by being in direct chain of command re their exact whereabouts and activities.

          They aren’t being disbanded/disarmed.

          • christianblood

            Syria is still is in a war situation and there are various terrorist groups backed by external powers still occupying Syria and therefore, in addition to its regular army units, Syria still greatly needs its irregular militias to do the heavy lifting and to clear up where the regular army won’t. This is a nasty war and you need your irregular militia to wage asymmetrical war against the terrorists and jihadists who are themselves irregular militias. The Syrian irregular militia will still be a great help and a great relieve for the regular Syrian army. You will only regularize these militia after the country is fully liberated and you don’t need their asymmetrical tactical warfare anymore.

          • Wise Gandalf

            The special units can do the job you think. There is no need of paramilitary organizations in any land.

          • christianblood

            Special units can do the job in their specialized operations. Regular army will do it in regular war operations when needed and irregular paramilitary militia are many times the best to handle the asymmetrical guerilla warfare like the one the jihadists are waging in Syria today. Paramilitary irregular militia can many times do the dirty job you need to do when faced with murderous and barbaric terrorists like the ones that are fighting in Syria today!

          • Wise Gandalf

            Regular dovernment should not do any dirty work. Is knew, you though this. But war crimes are forbidden and the assassination of jihadi leaders is the role for special forces. Or drones.
            In each country, where were such paramilitary units what you want, they either destroyed the country (beautiful Lebanon, the Switzerland of ME), or terrorized the civil population (Latin America).

          • christianblood

            The Syrian situation is different than that of Latin America. Syria needs greatly its irregular militia for as long as the internationally-backed terrorists and their supporters are present in the Syrian soil. The Syrian regular army is great but it is simply NOT enough as the job they are facing is indeed very tremendous and therefore it will be foolish to disband the irregular supporting militias at this point of time.

          • hore ten

            The Ndf etc…. are going to join the legal Army in Syria which is very much going to help Bashar and Syria as a whole because they can now be a more organized and disciplined Army. With Russia helping to train and advise helping Syria to modernize it’s military by the day. They will not lose any of there experience learned in this war or tactics instead they will become United militarily to help strengthen their country internally and externally. So It overall sounds good unless you don’t want any of this to happen.

          • christianblood

            Regularizing and disciplining the Syrian militia should wait for now until
            such time the country is completely liberated from the terrorists and their backers. What you need now is these militias to keep their supporting roles for the army and fight the terrorists and their backers in their asymmetrical guerrilla formalities. And besides, the war is not over yet and you never know what the Evil Empire that is backing the terrorists will do next, may be, they will escalate the situation activating their terrorist proxies as this Syrian general has just warned yesterday. See it below:

            https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201806021065039946-new-terrorist-palmyra-offensive-possible-general-says/

  • as

    It’s another wise move from the Syrian government. Seriously though what’s with the western depiction of Syrian government ?

  • Siegfried

    Shouldn’t FIRST the Al-Qaeda-scvmbags be splashed completely and Americans and the Turks f*ck-off from Syria? This is again some stinky Russian-Israeli agreement.
    It smells like Avigdor Lieberman’s REAL reason to run to Moscow… and ASSAD has no other choice but to do what that Kremlin–snake trades over his head.

    If you FILTER the “Israeli-proud” & the expected benevolence to Tel-Aviv from this HA’ARETZ-article, you get a surprising ACCURATE picture of the Russian-Israeli-Syrian situation in the Middle-East:

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49536.htm
    ** Fact, Wishful Thinking Or Propaganda?
    In Syria, Putin and Netanyahu Were on the Same Side All Along. //Putin is ready to ditch Iran to keep Israel happy and save Assad’s victory **
    __ By Anshel Pfeffer (HA#ARETZ)
    _____
    What I supposed and was afraid I’m right.. it happened. Fvck! Since January 2016 by that stinky “stops and goes” by ALEPPO I started to have worries and doubts and I really felt alone among all the PUTIN-effervescent fanclubs around the Internet, after the Blitz-intervention of Russia in Syria. I didn’t wanted it to be true, but I couldn’t escape of my fears. And now.. look at this” :((

    • John Whitehot

      “Shouldn’t FIRST the Al-Qaeda-scvmbags be splashed completely and Americans and the Turks f*ck-off from Syria?”

      Learn to read. It’s a reorganization.

      • PZIVJ

        We don’t like to read John.
        We just want to comment on the story title. :)

        • John Whitehot

          “We just want to comment on the story title”

          I’d say on whatever suits the anti-Syrian agenda. If it was in the last line the comments would follow suite.

          But back to seriousness, you can get a lot of information by noticing what gets in the titles and the first lines of an article and what gets “pushed down”..

  • HardHawk

    good news.

  • John Whitehot

    of course the title makes the trolls able to say that Syria is demobilizing and write books over a lie while reading the following three lines of text would had revealed that it is an administrative act with militias being absorbed into the army, hence becoming possibly more effective.

    wonder why sf lends itself to this kind of stunts on the part of the local zio fauna.

    • FlorianGeyer

      Yes, it makes sense to have all armed Syrian patriots under one banner and to perhaps have localised recruiting bases where a cadre of trained officers and nco’s plus other ranks with combat experience or not, who can be called upon in emergencies.

      Rather like the Army Reserve system in the UK.
      It would be necessary though in the current Syrian environment to have strict controls over such troops to avoid any de facto formation of Private Armies. This would require regular rotations of regular officers and NCO’s and oversight committees from the local populations in my opinion.

      • Wise Gandalf

        Yes, it makes sense to have all armed Syrian patriots under one banner

        Six months ago you wrote an opposite propaganda. That is clear sign, that you are paid agent here.

        • John Whitehot

          keeping track of what an user said six months ago doesn’t make evidence of you not being a paid agent as well

          • Wise Gandalf

            I save the biggest stupidities. And florian geyer is real big sperm.

      • John Whitehot

        the militias probably have contracts with the Syrian state and this basically mean that administratively they will be treated like regular military, probably retroactively also.

        For example, If you served in a militia for six months you have those months counted as military service, with all the possible legal considerations (like pension, taxes, work lists etc).

        I don’t see much more meaning in the news itself, it’s likely that the Syrian government is officially recognizing the role these militias have had in the war, but it’s my guess.

        • FlorianGeyer

          That would make complete sense and indeed it would be recognition of the sacrifices from the irregular groups to incorporate them with the SAA with all the benefits backdated for all those with good conduct.

        • Bill Wilson

          Don’t forget that the Syrian government has been paying their salaries along with providing supplies so this will allow them to reduce expenditures.

  • Wise Gandalf

    Right step!

  • Smaug

    The SAA does desperately need this because it isn’t good for anyone for the government to be run by a hodgepodge of independent units that have their own agendas. This is partially an indirect result of the US warning Assad that his government will be held responsible for any action made by his coalition.

  • Trut Tella

    One has to be concerned about the fact that this move is one that the Jewish state and Jewish-controlled America have backed. There may be good reasons to do it for the humans, but there are also reasons that the subhumans like this idea. At this point, it seems like it shouldn’t severely affect Syria, but we will see.

    It certainly can be said that wider distribution of weapons in the hands of loyal Syrian citizens is a good thing, and if this compromises that it is a bad thing. The Jews found it easy to to buy out disloyal regular army types to create their ‘Resistance’.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    There are more than a few pro government Druze militias that will be reluctant to give up their weapons and join the SAA. Even before this war started they had their own militias to protect themselves so I find it hard to believe they’ll give up their weapons let alone join the SAA after this operation. Perhaps the article is only referring to the main government controlled militias and not all the rag tag smaller ones that are only concerned with protecting their small piece of Syria. The article already mentioned the 3 biggest ones to be dissolved, but as far as I know all the rest will be the rag tag little local ones that are only really concerned with their own local village town or city’s security, they’re the ones I’m having difficulty believing will willing disarm and join the SAA. I wish them well and hope it works out.