23 November 2016

Syria launches new commando force

New volunteer military unit formed by Syrian army as troops battle their way into rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

Syria's military announced it is forming a new commando force, calling on volunteers interested in "achieving the final victory against terrorism" to apply.

The announcement on Tuesday, which named the new force the Fifth Corps, didn't specify where it would be deployed.

After nearly six years of combat, the Syrian conscription-based armed forces has become overstretched and has increasingly relied on its regional allies that have boosted its numbers and capabilities.