On April 29, Iranian forces in the eastern Syrian city of al-Bukamal, located on the border with Iraq, were placed on high-alert.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Iranian-backed fighters were deployed in the districts of the city, as a convoy of vehicles entered from Iraq.
“It [the state of alert] coincided with the entry of military vehicles of the [Iranian] Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to al-Bukamal, coming from Iraq,” the London-based monitoring group said.
Sada al-Sharqiyah, a local Facebook page, claimed that Brig. Gen. Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, a senior IRGC commander, paid a visit to al-Bukamal. The commander reportedly inspected the region before returning to Iraq.
Hajizadeh is the commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Force. This branch of the revolutionary guard is not known to be highly-active in al-Bukamal.
If the reports about the Brig. Gen. Hajizadeh visit are accurate, the IRGC Aerospace Force could be preparing for some further operations in al-Bukamal. The Aerospace Force operates ballistic missiles, air-defense systems, warplanes and combat drones.