“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 most recent addition to the Syrian Arab Navy consists of six Iranian TIR II (IPS 18) missile boats delivered to Syria in 2006. Based on a North Korean design, these boats can be armed with two C-802s (or the Iranian-produced copy by the name of Noor) anti-ship missiles and normally operate out of Minat al-Bayda naval base located North of Lattakia.