Iran-backed militias hide among civilians to avoid US attacks
Soleimani, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds force, was killed in a US drone airstrike outside Baghdad airport on Friday.
MILITIAS VACATED THEIR BASES
Sources said that Iran-backed militias in Syria have made major movements following Soleimani's killing.
"Iranian militias in eastern city of Deir ez-Zor have hid their sites and military checkpoints in the towns of Al-Bukamal and Al-Mayadin," one of the sources said. "Militias that vacated their bases are now hiding inside houses in residential neighborhoods," the source added.
Meanwhile, US forces in Deir ez-Zor are reported to have reinforced security measures and erected new checkpoints in the wake of Soleimani's death.