|Arab Nationalist Guard|
الحرس القومي العربي
|Participant in the Syrian Civil War|
Arab Nationalist Guard emblem and flag
|Aleppo Governorate, Damascus Governorate, Deraa Governorate, Homs Governorate|
|Strength||1,000 (May 2014)|
Syrian Armed Forces|
File:Flag of the National Defense Force.svg National Defense Force
Free Syrian Army|
The Arab Nationalist Guard (Arabic language: الحرس القومي العربي) is a secular volunteer militia force operating in Syria. The group espouses an Arab nationalist ideology, gathering away from any sectarian, ethnic, or religious extremism. The Arab Nationalist Guard's membership includes nationalists from a variety of Arab countries, including Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia, Syria and Yemen. Some of their militiamen had fought previously in the Libyan Civil War and the Iraq War.
The group’s ideology, falls in line with pan-Arab ideals, as well as with anti-Zionism and anti-colonialism. The Arab Nationalist Guard has an its own manifesto, where it is stated that the units names are inspired from Arab or North African politicians and martyrs who have led secularist and Arab nationalist movements or were killed by Islamists.
Other non-Arab figures that stand include late President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez .
- Rana Harbi (5 May 2014). "Arab nationalists take up arms in the battle for Syria". Al-Akhbar. http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/arab-nationalists-take-arms-battle-syria. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
- Jawad Al-Tamimi (1 January 2014). "The Arab Nationalist Guard: A Pro-Assad Militia". Aymennjawad.org. http://www.aymennjawad.org/14235/arab-nationalist-guard. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
- Moses, Brown. "The Arab Nationalist Guard: A Pro-Assad Militia". http://brown-moses.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/the-arab-nationalist-guard-pro-assad.html. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
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