Within Syria, two Iraqi Shia militias have promoted training camps. These two militias are the Kata’ib Imam Ali (Imam Ali Battalions) and the Kata’ib al Sabriun (Those Who Endure Battalions), and reportedly, they are tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The Kata’ib Imam Ali released a photo from one of its training camps inside Syria. The photo features the militia’s deputy secretary general, Muhammad al Bawi, who is said to be one of its key leaders for operations inside Syria. He is often featured in propaganda emanating from that region. It is unclear where the training camp is, but the Battalions have had a large presence in Aleppo province for a very long time, and recently, are also said to be in the country’s south.