Shi’ite Paramilitaries of Hashd Formed in PYD-Capital in Syria: Official

Basnews English – 06/06/2017 – 17:08 – ERBIL— Several Arab chieftains affiliated with the Syrian regime declared the formation of Shi’ite Hashd al-Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) while the Shi’ite PMF from Iraq trespass the borders into northern Syria, an official stated on Tuesday. Speaking to BasNews, Fawaz Mahmud, a commander from the Kurdistan Democratic Party-Syria, said the force was declared on Sunday in Canton of Jizira, run by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).

The men from Tay Tribe, supported by the Syrian regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), are recruiting volunteers in both Hasaka and Qamishlo, PYD’s capital city, Mahmud said.

As stated by the KDP-S commander, Ali Hawas Khalif, has been appointed as the commander of the new force, whose conscripts will receive 200 USD monthly.

After coordinating with the Syrian regime and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Iran has bestowed a huge amount of funds to convert the residents of Syria to Shi’ite Islam, Mahmud noted.

He believed the formation of the paramilitary force is to help in making the Iranian regime’s aspiration for the Shi’ite Crescent, which is to connect Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus and Beirut, come true.

Mahmud also stressed the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in reality do not confront the Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitaries who are operating in southern Sinjar (Nineveh province) and have encroached on the Syrian borders.

“This is part of Iranian project and done after coordination with the PKK,” KDP-S commander remarked.

Mahmud reiterated a common goal gathers Iran, Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitaries, PKK and PYD forces and that is they all strive to “abort the Kurdistan Region efforts for running a referendum on independence from Iraq and put pressure on Kurdistan Region by besieging Kirkuk and Sinjar.”

“Hashd al-Suri” (or Syrian PMF) has been formed to support the Syrian regime like the Hash al-Shaabi paramilitaries in Iraq who fight side by side the Iraqi army against the Islamic State (IS) organization, an informed source from Hasaka, who demanded anonymity, told BasNews.