|Participant in the Syrian Civil War|
Ba'ath Brigades SSI and Insignia
Ba'ath Brigades Flag
|Active||Summer 2012 – present|
|Ideology||Syrian nationalism, Ba'athism|
|Aleppo Governorate, Damascus Governorate, Latakia Governorate, Tartus Governorate|
|Strength||7,000 claimed (December 2013)|
Syrian Armed Forces|
File:Flag of the National Defense Force.svg National Defense Force
Free Syrian Army|
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
The Ba'ath Brigades (Arabic language: كتائب البعث Katā'ib al-Baʿth), also known as the Ba'ath Battalions, are a volunteer militia made up of Syrian Ba'ath Party members, almost entirely Sunni Muslims, loyal to the Syrian Government. It was set up in Aleppo under the command of Hilal Hilal, the current Assistant Regional Secretary, after rebels took most of the eastern half of Aleppo in summer 2012. Initially, the Ba'ath Brigades were used to guard government buildings and other key installations in the city, but their role has expanded as their strength has grown from 5,000 members in November 2012 to 7,000 in December 2013. Units have since also formed in Latakia and Tartus. At the end of 2013, the Brigades began deploying in Damascus, tasked with manning checkpoints and conducting "light logistical operations". They spearheaded the assault on the Old City of Aleppo in early 2014.
- Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party – Syria Region
- Battle of Aleppo (2012–present)
- List of armed groups in the Syrian Civil War
- Aron Lund (13 January 2014). "The Baath Battalions Move Into Damascus". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. http://carnegieendowment.org/syriaincrisis/?fa=54167. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- "كتائب البعث» إلى شوارع دمشق»". Al Akhbar. 30 December 2013. http://www.al-akhbar.com/node/197848. Retrieved 14 January 2014. (Arabic)
- Edward Dark (14 March 2014). "Pro-regime Sunni fighters in Aleppo defy sectarian narrative". Al Monitor. http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/03/syria-aleppo-sunni-quds-baath-brigades.html. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- Edward Dark (20 November 2013). "Syrian Baath militia commander goes rags-to-riches". http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/11/baath-party-brigade-syria-war-aleppo.html. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
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