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image located by Bill Garrison, 4 July 2017
https://twitter.com/herrynapit/status/1352358912247230466, caption: "Zainabiyoun
Brigade" consisting of Pakistani Shia-Muslims, trained in Iran by IRGC Quds
Force to fight on behalf of Iran in Iraq and Syria; c. Jan. 2021. "Zainabiyoun"
in Arabic (زَّيْنَبِيُون) appears just below the pictured center logo.
Bill Garrison, 4 July 2017
image located by Bill Garrison, 6 June 2017
This group, "Followers of Zainab Brigade (لواء زينبیون, Liwa Zainebiyoun or
Liwa Zainabiyoon) is a pro-government brigade fighting in Syria and composed of
Shia Pakistanis". It was established in late 2014. It was formed and trained by
the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and operates under
their command. Initially tasked with defending the Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque (in
Damascus), it has since entered frontlines across Syria. Pakistanis have been
fighting in Syria since 2013, but the group started around November 2014. They
originally fought in the Afghan Liwa Fatemiyoun, and only became numerous enough
to warrant a distinct brigade in early 2015".
Here's another picture of the flag: https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/Content/Upload/Slider/3201751899423588389.jpg, (source: http://www.thebaghdadpost.com/en/story/7773/Iran-detains-Zainebiyoun-militia-leader-in-Qom
Esteban Rivera, 6 June 2017
image located by Bill Garrison, 26 July 2021
Another version of this group's flag: source:
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/, caption: yellow-filed "Liwa Fatemiyoun"
militia flag with black-letter logo, during the Palmyra, Syria offensive, Dec.
(photo credit: TASNIM NEWS AGENCY/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
Bill Garrison, 26 July 2021