Tehran has boosted the Shiite-led campaign to wrest Fallujah from the Islamic State by sending out to the battlefield Brig. Gen. Mohammed Pakpour of the Revolutionary Guards Corps Ground forces, the highest-ranking officer Iran has posted to an external battle arena, DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose.
Al Qods Brigades chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani has been running the offensive for the past three weeks. The pro-Iranian militias the Population Mobilization Forces and the Badr Force have now ordered the population of Fallujah to evacuate the embattled city by Tuesday ahead of their invasion. US air strikes backing the offensive now fall under the direction of the two Iranian generals.