Iran is establishing a new force in the southern Syrian governorate of al-Quneitra to monitor the separation line with Israel, Enab Baladi reported on August 12.
Citing local sources, Enab Baladi claimed that Iran is coordinating its efforts with the 220 Branch of the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. The new force will be formed from Syrian Arab Army personnel as well as fighters from the Golan Regiment, a local armed group.
Mamoun Jridah and Hazem Kabul, two local figures who are close to Hezbollah, are reportedly recruiting fighters to this new force. At least 175 fighters have signed up, so far.
“As for now, the task of the formation is to monitor all former Syrian opposition commanders as well as the separation line with Israel,” Enab Baladi’s report reads.
Iranian forces maintain a presence in Syria’s southern region, not so far from the separation line with Israel. Tel Aviv sees this as a direct threat.
On August 2, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said it had foiled an infiltration attempt by a cell along the separation line with Syria. Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, Chief of General Staff of the IDF, revealed later that the cell was linked to Iran.
Israel is currently working to prevent Iran from establishing itself militarily in Syria by all means. If Enab Baladi’s report is accurate, southern Syria will likely see more military action by the IDF in the upcoming few months.