The notorious Iranian regime military chief, Major-General Qassem Suleimani, was pictured in video footage alongside Iraqi Shiite militia fighters in the Syrian town of Albukamal on Sunday.
The head of the infamous Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force, was reportedly visiting the terrorist militias who claimed to be fighting against ‘Islamic State’ forces in the area, despite the Assad regime reporting that it had driven the terror group from the town in eastern Syria a few days previously. The report emerged as it was revealed that another Iranian commander had been killed in fighting in the town, the latest senior IRGC officer to die in Syria.
Maj-Gen. Suleimani was seen taking ‘selfies’ with the fighters from the ‘Popular Mobilisation’ (Hashd al-Shaabi) militias, who spoke in an Iraqi dialect.
The cameraman filming the footage said, “It is in the Syrian city of Albukamal”, adding that he had witnessed fierce fighting between the Shiite militiamen of the Hashd al Shaabi and the Sunni militiamen of ISIS.
The video was also published by Hezbollah’s central military information unit; the Lebanese Shiite militia, like the Hashd al-Shaabi, is backed by the Iranian regime. The US government last week officially classified Hezbollah as a terrorist group.
The Assad regime announced the recapture of Albukamal from the ISIS terror militia on Sunday, with an unidentified ‘military source’ telling AFP that “Syrian troops and allied forces took full control of Albukamal, and are removing mines and explosives left by IS.”
The source added that ISIS “put up fierce resistance and tried to use explosives and suicide bombers, but besieging the city allowed the army to clinch the offensive and take full control of the city.”
The Assad regime and Hezbollah in September controversially provided convoys of buses for ISIS to reach eastern Syria from Lebanon, with the convoys given Russian protection.
Backed by Russian air power, the IRGC and the Iranian-backed Iraqi militias had supported Hezbollah and regime troops to recapture the town.
ISIS, which former regime officials have claimed was formed by Assad, seized large areas of Syria and neighbouring Iraq with astounding ease in a 2014 campaign but has this year lost much of the territory it once held, with Hassan Nasrallah announcing on Tuesday that Hezbollah had “accomplished its mission” of defeating the terror group.