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al-Abbas Brigade
لواء أبو الفضل العباس
Liwa Abu al-Fadhal al-Abbas
Participant in the Syrian civil war
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Liwa Abu al-Fadhal al-Abbas 2013 new logo & SSI
Active 2012 - present
Ideology Shia Islamism
Leaders Abu Ajeeb
Abu Hajar  (WIA)
Area of
operations
Rif Dimashq, Syria
Strength 10,000+[1]
Allies Syria Syrian Armed Forces
File:Leb.tif Hezbollah[1]
Syrian Resistance
File:Kata'ib Hezbollah flag.svg Kataib Hezbollah[1]
Houthis
Jaysh al-Muwahhideen
Opponents Syria Free Syrian Army
Al-Nusra Front
Liwa Al-Islam
Syrian Islamic Front
Syrian Islamic Liberation Front
Battles/wars

Syrian civil war

Liwa Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas meaning Brigade of Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas, also known as the al-Abbas brigade (Arabic language: كتائب العباس, or Kata'ib al-Abbas) is a mainly Shia Syrian militant group which operates throughout Syria. It is named after the nickname of Al-Abbas ibn Ali. The group rose in prominence in reaction to the desecration of various shrines, heritage sites and place of worship by rebels during the Syrian civil war and subsequently collaborated with the Syrian Army. Its role is largely defensive rather than offensive, largely in places of interest in Syria, such as the Sayyidah Ruqayya Mosque, Al-Nuqtah Mosque and Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque, Hujr ibn Adi Mosque, Umayyad Mosque, Great Mosque of Aleppo, Nabi Habeel Mosque, Bab al-Saghir, Uwais al-Qarni Mosque, Palmyra, Krak des Chevaliers, Ancient City of Bosra, and the surrounding areas.[2] In May and June 2013, Reuters reported a split had developed between al-Abbas brigade forces over finances and leadership which erupted into a gunbattle. Many non-Syrian members subsequently formed a different brigade.[3]

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