On August 6, Liwa Fatemiyoun, an Iranian-backed Afghan group operating in Syria, launched a large combing operation in the southern countryside of Deir Ezzor.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, hundreds of fighters and 120 military vehicles are taking part in the operation. Iranian-backed forces are combing a vast region between the cities of al-Mayadin and al-Bukamal.
“They are combing the desert looking for cells of the Islamic State [ISIS] organization,” the UK-based monitoring group said in a report.
Liwa Fatemiyoun, which is operating in Aleppo, Homs and Deir Ezzor, has 10,000 to 20,000 fighters. The Afghan group is funded, trained, and equipped by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
ISIS intensified its attacks on government-held areas in Deir Ezzor recently. Last week, the group’s terrorists attacked oil fields in the governorate’s western countryside. A number of pro-government fighters were killed and injured.
The new combing operation will restrict the movement of ISIS terrorists in southern Deir Ezzor on the short term. However, more efforts and time are needed to address the group’s threat in the governorate.