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Liwa al-Quds
Participant in Syrian Civil War
Emblem of Liwa Al-Quds.svg
Active September 2013–present[1]
Ideology Pro-Syrian government
Palestinian nationalism
Groups Lions of al-Quds Battalion
Deterrence Battalion
Lions of al-Shahba’ Battalion[2]
Aleppo Defenders Corps[3]
Leaders

Muhammad al-Sa’eed (a.k.a. “The Engineer”)[2]

Col. Mohammad Rafi[4]
(operations commander)[5]
Headquarters Aleppo[2]
Allies

Flag of the Syrian Arab Armed Forces.svg Syrian Armed Forces
National Defence Forces
 Russia
Flag of the Ba'ath Party.svg Ba'ath Brigades
InfoboxHez.PNG Hezbollah

IRGC
Opponents Free Syrian Army
Islamic Front
Al-Nusra Front
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Battles/wars

Liwa al-Quds (Arabic language: لواء القدس‎) or the Jerusalem Brigade is a Sunni Palestinian pro-Government militia that operates in Aleppo, formed in 2013 by the engineer Muhammad al-Sa’eed. By the beginning of 2015, the group had suffered 200 killed and over 400 wounded since its establishment.[2] The group is composed of predominately Sunni Palestinians from the al-Nayrab district as well as the former refugee camp Handarat. Liwa al-Quds is believed to be the largest loyalist auxiliary force operating in Aleppo.[1]

Operational history

The group supported the Syrian Army in its effort to reopen the main supply line to Aleppo in 2015.[6]

In June 2017, Liwa al-Quds launched a recruitment campaign in Homs Governorate, where it aimed at enlisting young Palestinian refugees.[7]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"The Jamestown Foundation: October 2014 Briefs". The Jamestown Foundation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Syria Comment » Archives Overview of some pro-Assad Militias - Syria Comment". Syria Comment.
  3. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"The Palestinian al-Quds Brigade has a new Iran-backed militia for fighting in Aleppo". Al-Dorar al-Shamia. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  4. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>Chris Tomson (28 November 2016). "Senior Palestinian paramilitary commander killed by rebel forces in Aleppo". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  5. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Russian influence evident in Palestinian militia in Syria - FDD's Long War Journal". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  6. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>Leith Fadel (24 October 2015). "Breaking: Syrian Army Reopens the Ithriyah-Salamiyah Road in East Hama After Defeating ISIS". Al-Masdar News.
  7. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Liwa al Quds militia Recruits Palestinian refugees of Homs". Al-Dorar Al-Shamia. 29 June 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.

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