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Iran-backed militias hide among civilians to avoid US attacks

Iranian militias in Syria are hiding among civilians to avoid possible US airstrikes, amid rising tensions, local sources reported.
06.01.2020 - 17:30

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.