The National Defense Force is a Syrian military group organized in 2012 by the Syrian government to form an effective, locally based, highly motivated force out of pro-government militias. The NDF was set up by the Syrian regime with the help of Iran and Hezbollah. NDF members are licensed and receive salaries and military equipment from the government. The first women’s unit of the National Defence Forces in Syria, founded in the central city of Homs in 2013, has 450 fighters from 18 to 50 years of age.
National Defense Force (NDF) -- Syria
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