First test for IDF’s Kochavi: 10,000 pro-Iran troops massing to cross into Syria from Iraq

This would be the largest pro-Iranian military increment into Syria since the Hizballah intervention of 2014 – and Tehran’s rejoinder to Israel’s warnings.

The 10,000 troops massed on the Iraqi border belong to the large Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) aka the Hashd Al-Shaabi militia, DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report. They have been ordered to stand there by Iran’s Middle East commander, Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Their commander is one of his deputies, Mahdi al-Muhandis, an Iraqi of Iranian descent. This Iraqi force awaits a green light to cross into northern Syria from President Bashar Assad.

It is intended to be Tehran’s response to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s “advice” to Iran to “hurry up and get out of Syria” ahead of the IDF’s action. Soleimani has responded by “hurrying up” to top up Iran’s forces in Syria, before Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi has had three days to settle into his new job as IDF’s Chief of Staff.

Our sources note that permission for this large force to cross the border and link up with the Syrian government’s army would present Gen. Kochavi with his first major test. Tehran is anxious to find out whether Israel – or the US – means to actively halt this major troop buildup by bombing it from the air. If the PMU fighters are not stopped as soon as they set foot on Syrian soil, the Iranians will have won this round and feel able to safely augment the PMU force of 10,000 fighters by pouring thousands more into Syria.

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21 thoughts on “First test for IDF’s Kochavi: 10,000 pro-Iran troops massing to cross into Syria from Iraq

  • Jan 17, 2019 @ 18:30 at 18:30

    You’re wrong, you know very little about geopolitics. The Russian president is a friend of Israel and is undercover in Jerusalem …
    No offense

  • Jan 17, 2019 @ 19:40 at 19:40

    the Lt Gen Kochavi is so impressive person, that iran has sent 10,000s of fighters to conter him

  • Jan 17, 2019 @ 19:52 at 19:52

    “Rabbi” stupid person. Stop studying religion and start learning a little more about the world around you and how it functions..

  • Jan 17, 2019 @ 19:59 at 19:59

    Why Iran does not send its own fighters? They outsmart these stupid Arabs who blindly obey Iran’s order (Iraqis’ Militants, Hizbollah). One good solution only, kill them all and wait for the next 10,000 stupid arm force to formalize and repeat the exercise.

  • Jan 17, 2019 @ 21:51 at 21:51

    Always think of Golan first. After that bombing comes up naturally.

  • Jan 17, 2019 @ 22:54 at 22:54

    Its ok, Trump said Iran can do whatever it wants. Its time for an international anti-Zionist movement much like ISIS that comprises individuals from all around the world to fight against Israel. Arming Iran with nukes is a very wise move that will be widely supported by the international community, and one that would bring stability and strategic deterrence for Iran.

  • Jan 18, 2019 @ 0:35 at 0:35

    This just proves that Iran is nothing more than sissy.
    If the ayatollahs want to fight a war then send in your own soldiers.
    It also highlights irans inhuman treatment of people by sending them to conduct terrorist activities and eventually their death. Soleimani should go with them for moral confidence.

  • Jan 18, 2019 @ 1:14 at 1:14

    about a dozen A-10 warthogs could have a turkey shoot and wrap things up in short order….

  • Jan 18, 2019 @ 1:54 at 1:54

    Target rich environment and a golden opportunity to ride the area of terrorist scum.

  • Jan 18, 2019 @ 2:42 at 2:42

    Finally it will be a chance for peace in the region –let them cross quicker , maybe than all the fighting will stop and Israelis and Iranians will become good friends , together with the rest of ME countries .

    • Jan 19, 2019 @ 0:10 at 0:10

      they used to be friends during the time of the Shah. The insane Khomeni’s came in and started a religious war against USA and Israel.

  • Jan 18, 2019 @ 13:06 at 13:06

    Has there ever been a country whose people don’t have enough food to eat that’s been able to win foreign military adventures? Just wondering.

  • Jan 18, 2019 @ 13:58 at 13:58

    Is it necessary to talk such filth when discussing current events? Are your minds so small, your intellect so negligible, that you are unable to discuss a serious event intelligently. Get your minds out of the gutter and have a logical, polite conversation. I support Israel and pray they will stand strong and bring on the good fight if it becomes necessary.

  • Jan 18, 2019 @ 15:41 at 15:41

    (i acyi/*)not statistics, everything has purpose, and hence why we should kiss this demon rabbit good bill and send that hulk ugly away. In other words Genesis not chamber one through three which I already read in my head …./ after I re unremembered this. It doth not turn invisible for life. But yea, it kinda stinks that other people who created the law of Moses didn’t keep it. Hence why Judges for court casting against the Read
    not Harry falsehood of red Hearing non universe. Hence why Peter Quill Saved the Guardians of the Galaxy with his own human party. Hence why Hans Zimmerman was accused of murder by the democratic congress. This is why Hans Zimmerman wrote the orchestra of A Million Dreams. Coincidence I think not. I think the case is closed.

  • Jan 18, 2019 @ 18:04 at 18:04

    Russia is not the enemy of USA.

  • Jan 19, 2019 @ 12:48 at 12:48

    It has nothing to do with Israeli occupation forces. Unlike US and Israeli occupation forces they will only go to Syria at the invitation of Syrian government. What is wrong with these Israeli Zionists, they think other countries needs their permission. They are very arrogant like the Nazi occupiers before them. Get real your and your friends policy of helping terrorists in Syria has not worked out.

    • Jan 27, 2019 @ 21:15 at 21:15

      Not arrogant, just careful.

      Don’t be such a wiseguy. Present yourself with self-respect.

  • Jan 19, 2019 @ 21:25 at 21:25

    Thanks to the U.S. destroying ISIS and leaving Syria, Iran can now take advantage and move in all of the Shiite Iraqi sponsored troops that it wants into the area. So far, the U.S. has only benefited Iran in Iraq and Syria all under the guise of fighting ISIS.

  • Jan 25, 2019 @ 0:24 at 0:24

    It’s too late for Netanyahu

    Netanyahu gave WWIII and nobody came

    In lieu of WWIII the world perceives a fresh new world, a golden age without Netanyahu

    Now is the age of Mandelblit and Mueller, a fresh Middle Earth, and their rough yet detailed treatment of Netanyahu now ensues

    Picture Netanyahu being drug down the corridors of power, screaming invective and threats to the last, unable to drop the pretenses of control, these are the present days of our lives

    Threatening everyone to the very last, as Slick Willie might say. ‘until the last dog d*es’

    Trump has turned on Netanyahu because Netanyahu got him impeached (Kushner and UN 2334, Zamel and PsyGroup rigging the 2016 election – or so a friend of Trump told me

    Payback is a Bibi

    • Jan 25, 2019 @ 0:26 at 0:26

      Golden Lion Tamarind, you rock!

  • Jan 27, 2019 @ 21:13 at 21:13


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