The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is training pro-government fighters in the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor on the use of drones, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on October 3.
According to the London-based monitoring group, 25 fighters are taking part in the training course which is being held at a farm located in the outskirts of the town of al-Mayadin in southern Deir Ezzor.
Iranian officers are reportedly training pro-government fighters on five drones which were recently brought in for this purpose.
The SOHR didn’t provide any information on the type of the drones, which may very much be small fixed-wing or quadcopters drones that are commonly used for frontline reconnaissance.
Iranian-backed Syrian and Iraqi forces are deployed in southern Deir Ezzor in order to counter ISIS cells in central Syria and guard the border line with Iraq. Drones would help them achieve these tasks.
In the last few weeks, there were several reports of strikes on Iranian-backed forces in southern Deir Ezzor. The most recent report was on September 30. The US and Israel are usually blamed for such strikes.