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Fouj al-Mughawayr al-Bahir
فوج المغاوير البحر
Syrian Marines SSI.png
Syrian Marines shoulder sleeve insignia and emblem
Active 2016 - Present
Country  Syria
Allegiance Syrian Arab Republic
Branch Syrian Arab Army
Type Marine
Size Regiment
Part of

Republican Guard

  • 103rd Commando Brigade[1]
Garrison/HQ Latakia Governorate
Aymen al-Jaber[2]

Fouj al-Mughawayr al-Bahir (Arabic language: فوج المغاوير البحر‎, meaning "Marines Regiment") or the Syrian Marines is a unit based in the Latakia Governorate. It has participated in operations in the Syrian Civil War. The unit was established in 2016, through the support of Russian military advisors.[3]

In February 2016, the Syrian Marines participated in a Latakia offensive alongside Syrian government forces.[4]

In March 2016, a large number of Syrian Marine convoys were deployed to the Battle of Palmyra from northern Latakia.[5]

On 8 September 2016, over 1000 cadets of the Syrian Marines reportedly completed a 6 month training course with Russian advisers in the Latakia governorate.[2]

On 25 November 2016, several units of the SSNP and Syrian marines arrived to Aleppo city in participation of Operation Dawn of Victory. Most of them were redeployed from the Latakia governorate.[6]

On 23 February 2017, al-Masdar News reported that over 900 Syrian Marines had joined the Military Security Shield Forces in order to avoid being drafted into the regular army.[7]


See also


  1. Leith Fadel (17 February 2016). "Syrian Commandos begin encirclement of Kinsibba after capturing 3 villages in northern Latakia". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 30 July 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Syrian War Report – September 8, 2016: 1,000 more Syrian Marines deploy to frontline". South Front. 8 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  3. "Syrian Army Vitally Needs Reforms". South Front. 18 December 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  4. Leith Fadel (6 February 2016). "Syrian Special Forces, Marines capture Aliyah village in northern Latakia". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  5. Leith Fadel (17 March 2016). "Massive convoy of Syrian Army reinforcements leave Latakia for Palmyra". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  6. Chris Tomson (25 November 2016). "Syrian Army goes all in on Aleppo as more reinforcements pour into the city – Map update". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 

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