Al-Rahman Legion

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Al-Rahman Legion
فيلق الرحمن
Participant in the Syrian Civil War
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Official logo of Al-Rahman Legion
Active November 2013 – present[1]
Ideology Islamism[1]
Leaders Abdul Nasr Shmeir (a.k.a. Abu Nasr)[1]
Area of operations Eastern Ghouta, eastern Qalamoun, and Rif Dimashq Governorate, Syria[1]
Strength 2,000[2]-+3,000[1]
Part of Free Syrian Army
Unified Military Command of Eastern Ghouta[1]
Al Marj Operations Room[3]
Fatah Halab
Allies
Opponents
Battles and wars Syrian Civil War

The al-Rahman Legion (Arabic: فيلق الشام‎‎, Faylaq Al-Rahman), also called the al-Rahman Corps, is an alliance of Islamist Free Syrian Army groups operating mostly in Eastern Ghouta, in the outskirts of Damascus, but also in eastern Qalamoun. It is the main rebel group in Jobar and have received BGM-71 TOW missiles.[5] The group's leader is Abd al-Nasr Shmeir, a captain who defected from the Syrian Army in early 2012.[1]

Since the death of Zahran Alloush there have been conflicts between Jaysh al-Islam and other members of the Unified Military Command of Eastern Ghouta, along with associated groups such as Al-Nusra Front and it's Jaish Al-Fustat operations room. Ahrar ash-Sham have remained neutral.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

On 18 February 2016, Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union fighters based in eastern Ghouta announced the "full incorporation" of its fighters into al-Rahman Legion, though reiterating that its fighters based in the western Damascus suburbs of Darayya and Moadammiyyeh as well as in southern Damascus would still operate under the Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union banner and where not a part of this merger.

On 26 April 2016 the 1st Brigade left the Southern Front and dissolved into the Legion.[12][13][14] They were an FSA-affiliated group that were armed with TOW missiles. The group operated in the Daraa Governorate[15] and Damascus Governorate.[16]

On 24th May 2016 leaders of Jaysh al-Islam & al-Rahman Legion met to sign a peace deal to end hostilities.[17]

See also

References

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