Al-Moutasem Brigade

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al-Moutasem Brigade
لواء المعتصم
Participant in the Syrian Civil War
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Logo of the al-Moutasem Brigade
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Brigade flag
Active November 2015-present[1]
Leaders Colonel Mohammad Hassan Khalil[2]
Area of operations Aleppo Governorate, Syria
Part of Syria Free Syrian Army Hawar Kilis Operations Room[2]
Allies  United States[1]


Sham Legion[2]
Syrian Turkmen Brigades

Opponents 23x15px Syrian Armed Forces


23x15px National Defense Force
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Syrian Democratic Forces
Battles and wars Syrian Civil War

The al-Moutasem Brigade ((Arabic: لواء المعتصم‎‎, Liwa' muetasim) is a Free Syrian Army faction active in the northern Aleppo Governorate.

Equipment

The al-Moutasem Brigade is known for possessing a large amount of US-supplied weapons, including M16 rifles, M249 light machine guns, M240 machine guns, Soltam K6, M224 mortars, M252 mortars, M2 Browning, and technicals. This led to reports being made that this group is supplied by the United States.[1]

History

In April 2016 the group participated in the Northern Aleppo offensive (March-April 2016), along with the Sham Legion and the Sultan Murad Brigade, driving vehicles from Doudiyan toward ISIL positions in al-Rai and capturing 8 villages in the way.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Al-Moutasem Brigade: An American Backed FSA Group in Northern Aleppo". The OSINT Blog. 1 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Syria rebels near ISIS stronghold in N. Aleppo". Now. 4 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. https://twitter.com/archicivilians/status/715590436904157184
  4. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aI3yAmNGW1vLpJCOrhiVLqpUUIX9PG1RNsCqJGGfhxI/edit