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Syrian Army Training More Special Forces for Street-Battle against Terrorists



The Syrian Army is training a large number of Special Forces with much experience in the war against ISIL and Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) for street battle units, a military source in Damascus disclosed on Wednesday.

The source said that the Syrian army officers have embarked on training a large group of soldiers, called Attack Groups or Special Forces, that are equipped with advanced weapons and surveillance equipment.

“Equipment with advanced weapons and arms system for street battles, learning new methods and skills to surprise enemy, learning how to ambush, how to take part in street battle and how to create defense loops are among the merits enjoyed by the Special Forces that are also vital for decreasing the army’s casualties,” he said.

He further pointed out that practice of new warring methods has resulted in the army’s advances in vast regions, including Jobar and al-Qaboun in Damascus, Aleppo neighborhoods and Dara’a.

Reports said in December that the Syrian Army formed a new volunteer force known as the Fifth Combat Corps to reinvigorate the country’s defense capabilities.

The Syrian government announced formation of a new popular force named the Fifth Combat Corps as the Iraqi parliament approved a bill to annex the country’s volunteer forces, Hashd al-Shaabi, to the Iraqi Armed Forces, FNA dispatches said.

The Saudi paper, al-Arab compared the Fifth Combat Corps with its Iraqi counterpart, saying the Fifth Combat Corps consist of volunteer troops who want to defend Syria and are considered as the Syrian President’s Hashd al-Shaabi.

The Saudi paper claimed that Russia and Iran assisted the Syrian army with the formation of the Fifth Combat Corps, adding that senior military experts were assigned to train the members of this corps.

The Fifth Combat Corps would start its mission after four months of coordination and training, while opposition groups were on the verge on complete collapse due to internal conflicts and clashes with Syria’s resistance forces.

The Fifth Combat Corps was most likely to take part in battles against the terrorists in Northern Homs, Idlib and Raqqa.

The exact number of the volunteers in the Fifth Combat Corps is still unclear, but each corps is normally comprised of four divisions and each division is made of around 30,000 soldiers.

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