Another Iran-Backed Militia Leader Visits Israeli Border

A Druze man looks at the nearby Syrian village of Jebata al-Khashabn from an Israeli army post near the village of Buqaata at the Israeli side of the border on July 24, 2012 in the Golan Heights.
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The Jerusalem Post reports: Just weeks after a top Iraqi Shi’ite commander was filmed in South Lebanon overlooking northern Israel, a senior Syrian Shi’ite militia commander has paid the same visit to the border.

Al-Hajj Hamza, the operations commander of Liwa al-Baqir, a Hezbollah-allied Syrian militia trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, was seen in pictures published on Twitter on the border with Israel.

Liwa al-Baqir, founded and commanded by Hamza’s brother Al-Hajj Khalid, is one of the main Shi’ite militias in Syria. It participated alongside Hezbollah in the battle to retake Aleppo from rebels and has played a significant role in the regime’s push toward the Iraqi border.

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