لواء أبو الفضل العباس
Liwa Abu al-Fadhal al-Abbas
|Participant in the Syrian civil war|
Liwa Abu al-Fadhal al-Abbas 2013 new logo & SSI
|Active||2012 - present|
Abu Hajar (WIA)
|Rif Dimashq, Syria|
Syrian Armed Forces|
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Free Syrian Army|
Syrian Islamic Front
Syrian Islamic Liberation Front
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. 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.
- "Syrian war widens Sunni-Shia schism as foreign jihadis join fight for shrines". The Guardian. 4 June 2013. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/04/syria-islamic-sunni-shia-shrines-volunteers. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
- Fierce clashes in Damascus district: NGO retrieved 20 June 2013
- "Iraqi Shi'ites flock to Assad's side as sectarian split widens". Reuters. 19 June 2013. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE95I0ZA20130619. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
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