Analysis by PMOI/MEK
April 17, 2019 - According to a Monday report published in the Al-Arabiya website, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) has continued to recruit new mercenaries to fight on behalf of the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.
Although the presence of the terrorist designated IRGC recruitment branches in various parts of Syria is nothing new, they are now seen launching new such centers in new areas of the war-torn country as a bitter new reality.
The Iranian regime believes that the ground access to Lebanon via Iraq has to go through these areas.
The IRGC exploits the deplorable economic situation of Syria, whose people have been devastated during the eight-year war, to recruit young uneducated and underprivileged individuals, according to Al-Arabiya’s report.
Furthermore, the IRGC has more latitude among the population than the Syrian regime.
The two cities of Al Bukamal and Al-Mayadin on the east side of the country near the Iraqi border have already been some of the IRGC’s recruitment centers. Young and unemployed individuals are forced to accept the IRGC’s offer and money to make their ends meet.
According to the London-based Syrian Human Right Watch, the IRGC only hires individuals who accept to be converted to the Shiite denomination of Islam. Their payments are around $150 per month plus various possible bonuses.
The Syrian Human Rights Watch says that the mullahs’ regime in Iran has chosen the town of Al-Mayadin as its central office for specific reasoning: preventing residents from leaving the town, being located on a road leading to Iraq, and due to the town’s religious, cultural and ethnic base.
According to local reporters, many youths in these towns are forced to accept and convert to Shi’ism to escape the horrors of the IRGC and Assad’s repression.
Meanwhile, the number of IRGC recruitment centers in Deir ez-Zur and its vicinities have grown to greater than 25.