Iranian-backed forces launched several drones during an exercise in the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on October 29.
The drones were launched from farmlands located in the outskirts of the town of al-Mayadin in the southern Deir Ezzor countryside. The drones flew over al-Rahbah citadel in al-Mayadin, where Iranian-backed forces allegedly store their weapons and ammunition.
According to the SOHR, the drones were launched as a part of a training course being held by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
As a part of the training course, Iranian officers are training some 25 pro-government fighters on the use of drones. The course began in the first week of October.
The SOHR didn’t provide any information on the type of the drones, which may very much be small fixed-wing or quadcopters drones.
Iranian-backed forces have been operating drones over Deir Ezzor for several years now. On August 21, a US fighter jet shot down an Iranian drone that approached a US base in the al-Omar oil fields in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, which is held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
Very recently, the US sanctioned a network of individuals and companies for supporting Iran’s drone program. Iranian forces were blamed for the October 20 attack on the US al-Tanf garrison in southeastern Syria. Five suicide drones targeted the garrison during the attack. The drones were launched from Syria and Iraq.