About 5,000 Iraqi Shia fighters make up half of Assad’s forces on the ground (estimated at 10,000 strong). Tamer el-Ghobashy and Maria Abi-Habib report that “The Badr Organization, one of Iraq’s strongest Shiite paramilitary forces and a political party, doesn’t currently have forces in Aleppo, but it has hinted that after the battle for Mosul it may expand its local base into a regional force.” Find the report at The Wall Street Journal