[Marxism] Fwd: The Shia jihad and the death of Syria’s army | Middle East Eye

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Nov 18 20:07:49 MST 2015

Division 9 is the largest and most important military force for Assad in 
southern Syria. It houses the only tank division, and has around 4,000 
troops within four brigades.

However, most of the troops within the division are now non-Syrians: 
“Without the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Lebanese 
Hezbollah the army could not stand up. Seventy percent of the troops in 
Division 9 are Iranian troops or Lebanese Hezbollah, the rest are 
shabiha. Only two to three percent are regular Syrian soldiers,” Khaled 


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