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.
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