ezbollah took part in the assault as well but did not put troops on the frontline for fear of sacrificing too many for nonessential territory.
To this end, the forces under Iran's command are not particularly interested in Assad's declared goal of conquering "every inch of Syria."
Iranian-backed forces have more diverse motivations, concentrating on three primary objectives
presence of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has grown from an estimated 700 personnel to around 3,000 since the Russian intervention began in September 2015.
with Syrian militias mainly taking the north and west while Iranian-backed brigades focus on the south
January 17, 2018, an Iranian official noted that 2,000 Liwa Fatemiyoun fighters had died and 8,000 more had been injured since their arrival in Syria
1) protecting Sayyeda Zainab, the prominent Shia shrine near Damascus, and fighting the Sunni jihadist threat before it reaches Iran; (2) keeping Assad in power as a useful but dependent client; and (3) establishing a land route across Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon in order to cultivate strategic depth and create multiple supply lines for dependent militias.
Hezbollah took part in the assault as well but did not put troops on the frontline for fear of sacrificing too many for nonessential territory.
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