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Army of Mujahedeen
Participant in the Syrian Civil War
File:Army of Mujahedeen logo.png
Official logo of the Army of Mujahedeen
Active 2 January 2014 – present[1]
Ideology Sunni Islamism[2]
Leaders Sheikh Tawfiq Shahabuddin
Lt. Col. Abu Bakr
Cap. Mohammed Shakerdi[3]
Area of
operations
Aleppo Governorate, Syria
Strength More than 5,000[4]-12,000[5]
Allies Syria Syria Revolutionaries Front[6]
Islamic Front[6]
Opponents Syrian Armed Forces
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant[6]
Battles/wars

Syrian Civil War

The Army of Mujahedeen (Arabic: جيش المجاهدين, Jaysh al-Mujahedeen) is a coalition of Islamist rebel groups which formed in order to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during the Syrian Civil War.[7] The group has accused ISIL of disrupting "security and stability" in areas that have been freed from the control of the Assad regime.[8] The spokesperson of the coalition has said it will start operations in Idlib and Aleppo and gradually expand towards the rest of Syria.[1]

The factions which formed the Army of Mujahedeen largely emerged from the villages and towns of the Aleppo hinterland.[9][10] The Army does not have a political program, and although the member groups have an Islamist identity, they were largely non-ideological Free Syrian Army affiliated groups earlier in the Syrian Civil War.[9] The three groups at the core of the alliance are the Nur al-Din al-Zanki Islamic Brigades, Division 19 and Fastaqim Kama Umirt.[9]

Affiliated groups

  • Nur al-Din al-Zanki Islamic Brigades
  • al-Noor Islamic Movement

Fastaqim Kama Umirt:

  • Aleppo City Battalion
  • Liwaa Halab al-Shahbaa
  • Liwaa al-Islam

Division 19 of the Free Syrian Army:

  • Liwaa al-Ansar
  • Liwaa Amjad al-Islam
  • Liwaa Ansar al-Khilafa
  • al-Quds Brigades
  • Khan al-Assal Free Brigades
  • al-Shuyukh Brigade
  • Liwaa al-Mujahireen[3]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Syrian Opposition Builds Army Against Assad, Al-Qaeda". Anadolu Agency. 3 January 2014. http://en.haberler.com/syrian-opposition-builds-army-against-assad-al-342476/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  2. "Syria opposition says it backs rebel fight against al-Qaeda". Al Arabiya News. 4 January 2014. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/01/04/New-Syria-rebel-alliance-declares-war-on-al-Qaeda.html. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Syria: Army of the Mujahideen Challenges ISIS Gains". Al Akhbar. 6 January 2014. http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/syria-army-mujahideen-challenges-isis-gains. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  4. "Pushing Back Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: The Syria Revolutionaries’ Front and the Mujahideen Army". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 7 January 2014. http://carnegieendowment.org/syriaincrisis/?fa=54103. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  5. "Al Qaida rebels leave mass grave behind as they desert base in Syria". McClatchy. 6 January 2014. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/01/06/213669/al-qaida-rebels-leave-mass-grave.html. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Syria rebels unite and launch new revolt, against jihadists". AFP. 4 January 2014. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. http://web.archive.org/web/20140104223644/http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iBiqK22imjhxK_n7xBbQceWLU-7w?docId=a3877bbc-2d91-4961-bc3c-b28f5082ea89. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  7. "Qaeda-Linked Insurgents Clash With Other Rebels in Syria, as Schism Grows". New York Times. 3 January 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/04/world/middleeast/qaeda-insurgents-in-syria.html?_r=1&. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  8. "Syrian rebels launch fierce offensive against al Qaeda fighters". Reuters. 4 January 2014. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/04/us-syria-crisis-fighting-idUSBREA0308720140104. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "The Mujahedeen Army of Aleppo". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 8 April 2014. http://carnegieendowment.org/syriaincrisis/?fa=55275. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  10. "Factbox: Syrian rebels against opposition coalition". Reuters. 25 September 2013. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/25/us-syria-crisis-opposition-factbox-idUSBRE98O0Q720130925. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 

External links

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