The Syrian military announced the formation of Fifth Attack Troop Corps of volunteers on November 22.
The formation will be comprised of several newly formed divisions and brigades that will be structured similar to the other 4 army corps in the Syrian Arab Army.
The army plans to recruit from across the country, but it was not immediately clear how many people would be involved.
One of the largest camps of the Fifth Attack Troop Corps is exppected to be located in the town of Qatana in Rif Damascus.
According to reports in pro-government sources, the new volunteer formation of the Syrian army will be trained, equipped and paid by “friends of Syria” (supposedly Iran and Russia).
The Syrian Army formed a Fifth Army Corps from volunteers with the aim of putting an end to terrorism across the country.
“In response to the rapidly changing conditions, consolidate the existing combat achievements and meet the need to end terrorism in Syria, command of the Syrian army now announces to establish the Fifth Army Corps. The corps consists of volunteers and will carry out anti-terrorism missions. It will work with other troops of the Syrian army with support from our allies, aiming to bring stability in Syria” said Ali Mayhoub, spokesman of the Syrian Army.
The military statement noted that any Syrian citizen can join the new formation in any province, adding to which it stated that volunteers must be physically fit and have already finished the compulsory military service.
The Syrian Army has been engaged in battles against an array of terrorist groups, including Fatah Al Sham (former Nusra Front) Syrian Al Qaeda groups and the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, IS and Daesh) group for over five years.