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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on June 10th, 2013 at 3:07 am

Is the North Korean Military Aiding the Syrian Government In Its Civil War?

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Using reports from Syria that is what NK Leadership Watch has a post about:

KPA officers meet a man injured during the Syrian civil war at a hospital in Syria in 2012 (Photo: SANA/NKLW file photo)

Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported on 3 June (Monday) that Arabic-speaking Korean People’s Army [KPA] personnel are serving as military advisers on artillery tactics and providing logistical support to the Syrian Armed Forces, currently defending the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s ongoing civil war. Citing information from a pro-Assad militia,  Rami Abd-al-Rahman, director of the the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,’ told Al-Sharq al-Awsat “that North Korean officers are taking part alongside the regular forces in the fighting in Aleppo” and that “the overall number of these officers is unknown but there are certainly between 11 and 15 North Korean officers and the majority of them speak Arabic. . .(they) are deployed at several fronts such as the defense factories southeast of Aleppo and at the regular forces’ bases inside the city itself.” He went on to point out that “these officers are not taking part in the field battles but offering logistical support in addition to drawing up the military operations maps. They are also supervising the regular army’s artillery shelling.”  [NK Leadership Watch]

You can read the rest of the posting at the link, but the North Korean involvement in Syria reminds me a lot of what they did in Africa to assist their authoritarian regime allies there.  It was a way to support what few allies they have as well as give their special forces much needed war time training.  I have to wonder if China and Russia have encouraged North Korea to get involved in order to keep the Assad regime in power without themselves having to deploy troops to assist them?

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  • 2ID Doc
    3:39 am on June 10th, 2013 1

    This ought to be worth another row of ribbons for the NKPA, I wonder how the first adviser killed will be spun by the Syrians & DPRK? Martyrs for the cause? Will the NKPA get 72 virgins or 72 atheist virgins? Did I manage to offend all the players in this? Stay tuned kids, we’ll find out…

  • Liz
    5:17 am on June 10th, 2013 2

    Well, if a government is going to throw human rights and civil liberties out of the equation in the interest of crowd control, the DPRK military probably the best one to look to for advisement.

  • JoeC
    6:04 am on June 10th, 2013 3

    “He went on to point out that “these officers are not taking part in the field battles but offering logistical support in addition to drawing up the military operations maps. They are also supervising the regular army’s artillery shelling.””

    What happened? Have all the Syrian company and field grade officers defected? These seem like capabilities that any well trained, competent military should be able to handle on its own without outside help.

  • Leon LaPorte
    4:15 pm on June 10th, 2013 4

    I do not think Russia is supporting Bashar al-Assad for ideological reasons. It’s more defense contract money. I also suspect China would prefer not to have anything to do with it.

  • Liz
    5:29 pm on June 10th, 2013 5

    #4: It’s also home for the only Russian military base in the middle east. Strategically helpful place to park a Navy.

  • Glans
    5:29 pm on June 10th, 2013 6

    Russia doesn’t seem to have an ideology any more. But it does want to increase its arms export business, and it seems to want be considered a global power.

  • redwhitedude
    6:31 pm on June 10th, 2013 7

    The same could be said of NK. If Assad goes they lose a potential client for their sales.

 

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