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Last updated: 9/27/2013  The al-Fatah Brigade was formed in the city of Tel Rifaat in the northern countryside of the Aleppo governorate in mid-2012. The brigade continues to be active in Aleppo city and the Aleppo countryside, but has seen its capabilities and importance erode since the beginning of 2013. The al-Fatah Brigade was recently unified with the al-Tawheed Brigade and is no longer an independent unit.

Last updated: 9/27/2013 

The al-Fatah Brigade was formed in the city of Tel Rifaat in the northern countryside of the Aleppo governorate in mid-2012. The brigade continues to be active in Aleppo city and the Aleppo countryside, but has seen its capabilities and importance erode since the beginning of 2013. The al-Fatah Brigade was recently unified with the al-Tawheed Brigade and is no longer an independent unit.

Last updated: 9/27/2013  The al-Islam Brigade was formed in the city of Duma in the Damascus Countryside governorate in mid-2012. Led by a family of avowed Salafi sheikhs, the brigade has been at the forefront of many high-profile operations and campaigns carried out in and around Damascus. Despite its ultraconservative orientation, the brigade has played a leading role in what is thought to be one of the more moderate armed opposition umbrella organizations in Syria, the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front (SILF).

Last updated: 9/27/2013 

The al-Islam Brigade was formed in the city of Duma in the Damascus Countryside governorate in mid-2012. Led by a family of avowed Salafi sheikhs, the brigade has been at the forefront of many high-profile operations and campaigns carried out in and around Damascus. Despite its ultraconservative orientation, the brigade has played a leading role in what is thought to be one of the more moderate armed opposition umbrella organizations in Syria, the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front (SILF).

Under Review The al-Haq Brigade was formed mid-2012 in Homs in an effort to unite the governorate’s armed opposition. The group is ideologically very conservative and is a founding member of the ultraconservative Islamist armed opposition umbrella organization, the Syrian Islamic Front (SIF). Today the brigade remains one of the largest armed opposition units operating in the Homs governorate and maintains a presence in the northern governorates of Idlib and Aleppo.
Under Review

The al-Haq Brigade was formed mid-2012 in Homs in an effort to unite the governorate’s armed opposition. The group is ideologically very conservative and is a founding member of the ultraconservative Islamist armed opposition umbrella organization, the Syrian Islamic Front (SIF). Today the brigade remains one of the largest armed opposition units operating in the Homs governorate and maintains a presence in the northern governorates of Idlib and Aleppo.


Under Construction The al-Tawheed Brigade was formed in the northern countryside of the Aleppo governorate from a large coalition of more than thirty opposition units in mid-2012. Initiating the campaign to liberate the city of Aleppo, the al-Tawheed Brigade maintains a high profile and has become one of the largest and most powerful armed opposition groups operating in Syria today. It is one of the leading members of the Syrian armed opposition umbrella organization, the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front (SILF).

Under Construction

The al-Tawheed Brigade was formed in the northern countryside of the Aleppo governorate from a large coalition of more than thirty opposition units in mid-2012. Initiating the campaign to liberate the city of Aleppo, the al-Tawheed Brigade maintains a high profile and has become one of the largest and most powerful armed opposition groups operating in Syria today. It is one of the leading members of the Syrian armed opposition umbrella organization, the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front (SILF).

Under Construction The al-Farouq Battalions were formed in 2011 in the city of al-Rastan in the Homs governorate by some of the first army officers to defect from the Syrian army.  As the principal group resisting the regime’s assault on the Homs neighborhood of Baba Amro in early 2012, the brigade combined its field effectiveness and media savvy to quickly become one of the country’s largest armed opposition groups, with an especially significant presence in central and northern Syria.    

Under Construction

The al-Farouq Battalions were formed in 2011 in the city of al-Rastan in the Homs governorate by some of the first army officers to defect from the Syrian army.  As the principal group resisting the regime’s assault on the Homs neighborhood of Baba Amro in early 2012, the brigade combined its field effectiveness and media savvy to quickly become one of the country’s largest armed opposition groups, with an especially significant presence in central and northern Syria.    

Under Construction The Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham was originally formed in Idlib in 2011 as the Ahrar al-Sham Battalions. One of the first armed opposition groups to exhibit an Islamist character, the group proved very effective against the regime and established a strong foothold in the Idlib countryside very early on. Acting as the anchor for a coalition of ultraconservative Islamist armed opposition units, the Syrian Islamic Front (SIF), the Ahrar al-Sham Battalions absorbed a number of smaller SIF member groups to become the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham and is now active throughout Syria. 

Under Construction

The Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham was originally formed in Idlib in 2011 as the Ahrar al-Sham Battalions. One of the first armed opposition groups to exhibit an Islamist character, the group proved very effective against the regime and established a strong foothold in the Idlib countryside very early on. Acting as the anchor for a coalition of ultraconservative Islamist armed opposition units, the Syrian Islamic Front (SIF), the Ahrar al-Sham Battalions absorbed a number of smaller SIF member groups to become the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham and is now active throughout Syria. 

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