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image located by Esteban Rivera, 14 March 2017
"The Iranian-controlled Iraqi militia Harakat al Nujaba this week
announced the formation of its “Golan Liberation Brigade.” While it is not
uncommon for entities to name themselves after areas they aim to “liberate,”
the militia’s spokesman has said that the unit could assist the Syrian regime
in taking the Golan Heights, a region in the Levant that has been controlled
by Israel since the 1967 Six-Day War. If true, the unit would likely
participate in a future offensive to capture territory from Syrian opposition
in the part of the Golan Heights still controlled by Syria, before moving on to the
much taller order of dislodging the Israelis across the border. This week’s
announcement reflects Tehran’s priorities in southern Syria since finally
taking the fiercely contested city of Aleppo late last year: crush Syrian
opposition, and pose
military threat to Israel from the Golan Heights.
Harakat al Nujaba, or Movement of the Noble, has sustained operations in the Syrian and Iraqi combat zones. An offshoot of the Iranian-backed militias Asaib Ahl al Haq and the Hezbollah Brigades, Harakat al Nujaba was formed in 2013 to fight in the Syrian Civil War as part of Iranian-led Iraqi expeditionary forces. The militia joined the Popular Mobilization Forces, the umbrella organization of Iraqi militia, the following year, after the Islamic State incursion into Iraq. Operating as one of the largest Iraqi-Shiite militia contingents in Syria, the militia has claimed to field 10,000 forces. Harakat al Nujaba played an important role in assisting Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and pro-Syrian regime forces conquer Aleppo late last year.
Harakat al Nujaba also released a video promoting the Golan unit that showed fighters marching in columns and carrying a banner reading, “Israel will be destroyed.”"
Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba (abbreviated Harakat al-Nujabaas) has its own flag (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nujabaimage.jpg). Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba (HHN; Arabic: حركة حزب الله النجباء Ḥaraka Ḥizballāh an-Nujabā’, "Movement of the Party of God's Nobles") is an Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitary group. It emerged from the Iraqi paramilitary Asaib Ahl al-Haq in 2013. It is not a splinter group (according to the Wikipedia article, while according to "THe Long War Journal" it states that it is an offshoot). The group openly receives training, arms, and military advice from Iran.
The group is divided into four brigades:
- Liwa Ammar Ibn Yasir (Ammar Ibn Yasir Brigade)
- Liwa al-Hamad (Praise Brigade)
- Liwa al-Imam al-Hassan al-Mujtaba (Brigade of Imam Hassan the Chosen)
- Golan Liberation Brigade"
Esteban Rivera, 14 March 2017