Report: Russia disbanding Syrian militia it formed, opening up Golan for Iran

Russia is disbanding a militia it formed, funded, and armed in southern Syria over the past few years, Channel 12 reports, without citing sources.

The network’s Arab affairs analyst Ehud Ya’ari says the Syrian and Iranian regimes have long been unhappy with the force, which did not answer to either of them but rather to Moscow.

Ya’ari says Moscow has now stopped paying salaries to militia members and is demanding that they hand in their arms to the Syrian military.

“This opens a wide door for the Iranians, for Hezbollah, for Assad’s forces… to complete a takeover of all this region near the [Israeli] Golan.”

A United Nations outpost, as seen from the Syrian town Ain al-Tineh, in the Syrian Golan Heights, on March 26, 2019. (Louai Beshara/AFP)

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