Liwa Fatemiyoun, an Iranian-backed Afghan group operating in Syria, was redeploying its fighters in the eastern governorate of Deir Ezzor, the Deir Ezzor 24 blog reported on August 23.
According to the pro-opposition blog, Liwa Fatemiyoun deployed its forces in the vicinity of Deir Ezzor city. At the same time, the group evacuated few of its posts in the area, while maintaining all of its key positions.
“The militia withdrew from a number of posts on al-Nahr Street upon orders from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC),” Deir Ezzor 24 reporter said, adding: “the village of al-Malha, south of Deir Ezzor, also witnessed a complete withdrawal of Fatemiyoun militias.”
Deir Ezzor 24, which has a network of sources throughout Deir Ezzor, said the motive behind this redeployment are still unclear.
Liwa Fatemiyoun has 10,000 to 20,000 fighters in Syria. The Afghan group is funded, trained, and equipped by the IRGC. The group is active in Aleppo, Homs and Deir Ezzor.
Earlier this month, Liwa Fatemiyoun fighters carried out a combing operation in the southern countryside of Deir Ezzor. The operation targeted ISIS cells.
The Afghan group may be preparing to launch a new combing operation in Deir Ezzor, or even to participate in a highly anticipated military operation by the Syrian Arab Army against ISIS remnants in the nearby Homs desert.