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Liwa' Jabhat al-'Akrad
(لواء جبهة الأكراد)
Participant in Syrian civil war
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Former official logo of Jabhat al-Akrad
Leaders Hajji Ahmed Kurdi[1]
Area of
operations
Aleppo Governorate, Raqqa Governorate
Strength 7,000 claimed[1]
Allies Syria Free Syrian Army (formerly)
Flag of Rojava.svg Democratic Union Party
Opponents Al-Nusra Front
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Islamic Front
Syria Free Syrian Army

Jabhat al-Akrad (Arabic language: جبهة الأكراد‎), also known as the Kurdish Front Brigade (Arabic language: لواء جبهة الأكراد لنصرة شعبنا السوريLiwa' Jabhat al-'Akrad l-Nusrah Shaʿbnā al-Sūrī, English: Kurdish Front Brigade to Protect the Syrian People, Kurdish language: Cebhet El-Ekrad), is a predominantly Kurdish armed faction participating in the Syrian civil war.

The group was originally formed as a brigade of the Free Syrian Army by Kurdish and Arab defectors from the Syrian Army. It has also maintained close ties to the PKK-linked Democratic Union Party (PYD) since its founding, including military coordination with its armed wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG). Jabhat al-Akrad operates in Kurdish and ethnically-mixed areas in Syria's Aleppo and Raqqa provinces, mainly outside of the quasi-autonomous Kurdish enclaves in Kurd Dagh, Jazira, and the Ayn al-Arab (Kobanê) area which are controlled by the YPG. These areas include the countryside north and east of Aleppo city, Aleppo city itself, the area of Tall Abyad in northern Raqqa province, and Raqqa city itself.

Jabhat al-Akrad was expelled from the FSA Aleppo Military Council on 16 August 2013 due to alleged PKK affiliations[2] amid widespread clashes in northern Syria between predominantly Sunni Arab rebel groups—led by units affiliated to al-Qaida—and Kurdish militia led by the YPG.

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Civiroglu, Mutlu (11 August 2013). "Kurdish Commander: Jihadi Groups in Syria Have Hijacked FSA". Rudaw English. http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/11082013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. van Wilgenburg, Wladimir (16 August 2013). "FSA Removes Jabhat al-Akrad From Council". Transnational Middle-East Observer. http://vvanwilgenburg.blogspot.com/2013/08/fsa-removes-jabhat-al-akrad-from-council.html. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 

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