Ansar al-Sham

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Supporters of the Levant Brigade[1]
Ansar al-Sham
Participant in the Syrian civil war
File:Ansar al-Sham Logo.png
Ansar al-Sham Logo
Active September 2012[2]-Present
Ideology Islamism[3]
Leaders Abu Omar al-Jamil
(overall leader)
Abu Musa al-Shishani
(Military Commander)[2]
Headquarters Jabal al Akrad, Latakia[4]
Area of operations Latakia Governorate[5]
Idlib Governorate[1]
Strength 2,500[4] (March 2014)
Part of Logo of the Islamic Front (Syria).svg Islamic Front(former)[6][7][3]
Rad al-Mazalem[8][9][10][11]
Allies
Opponents
Battles and wars Syrian Civil War

Ansar al-Sham (Arabic: كتائب أنصار الشام‎‎, Supporters of the Levant) is an armed insurgent organisation that has been active during the Syrian civil war.[3]

Founded in September 2012 by a Latakian veteran of the Afghan Jihad known as Abu Omar,[4] Ansar al-Sham brings together a wide range of mostly Syrian fighters in North Latakia Governorate on a general Islamist platform. The groups military leader is a Chechen known as Abu Musa al-Shishani, and it maintains good relations with a wide variety of other opposition groups in the area, from the Free Syria Army to Al-Nusra Front.[4] In December 2012, Ansar al-Sham joined with other insurgent groups to found the Syrian Islamic Front umbrella organisation,[15] in November 2013 the SIF was dissolved and Liwa al-Haqq, Ansar al-Sham and Ahrar ash-Sham joined the broader Islamic Front alliance.[3]

It played a lead role in the 2014 Latakia offensive against the Syrian Government.[2]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sinjab, Lina (17 October 2013). "Syria crisis: Guide to armed and political opposition". BBC. Retrieved 15 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Rebels Reopen the Latakia Front". Institute for the Study of War. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "A Power Move by Syria's Rebel Forces". Institute for the Study of War. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "The Ansar al-Sham Battalions". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Aaron Y. Zelin (4 February 2013). "The Syrian Islamic Front: A New Extremist Force". The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Retrieved 15 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/profile-tajammu-alwiya-fajr-al-hurriya
  7. http://carnegieendowment.org/syriaincrisis/?fa=59471
  8. https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/721936076928114689
  9. https://twitter.com/Rd_Almzalm
  10. https://www.facebook.com/rd.almzalm/
  11. https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/field-report-islamist-rebels-attack-syrian-army-hama-map-update/
  12. "Freedom, Human Rights, Rule of Law: The Goals and Guiding Principles of the Islamic Front and Its Allies". Democratic Revolution, Syrian Style. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Regime Regains Ground on the Coast". Institute for the Study of War. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Syrie: combats féroces autour d'un point de passage avec la Turquie". AFP. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "The Syrian Islamic Front: A New Extremist Force". Washington Institute for Near East Policy. 19 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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