North Korean forces supporting Assad in Syria

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A military drill of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location in North Korea. KCNA/EPA

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DAMASCUS – Military forces from North Korea are fighting in Syria to support the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, an opposition official said.

“Two North Korean units are there [in Syria], which are Chalma-1 and Chalma-7,” said Asaad al-Zoubi, head of a delegation for the Syrian opposition’s High Negations Committee (HNC) to the Geneva talks.

Speaking to the Russian state agency TASS, Zoubi stressed that the North Korean troops are “fatally dangerous”.

“Those two North Korean units are there to support the Assad regime,” he said. 

The Syrian opposition has earlier claimed that the North Korean regime is providing military support to Assad in Syria.

In early 2013, former president of the Syrian National Council, Burhan Ghalioun, had said that North Korean pilots were flying in the Syrian Air Force.

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

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