Ansar al-Sharia (Syria)

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Ansar al-Sharia
Participant in the Syrian Civil War
Active 2 July 2015–Present[1]
Groups Al-Nusra Front
Ahrar ash-Sham
Jabhat Ansar al-Din
Syrian Turkmen Brigades
Al-Fawj al-Awal
Harakat Mujahidi al-Islam
Fajr al-Khilafa Brigades
Liwa Ansar al-Khilafa
Siraya al-Ma'ad
Kitaba al-Suhaba
Jund Allah
Area of operations Aleppo, Syria
Allies Fatah Halab[2]
Mare' Operations Room[2]
Jaysh Halab
Hawar Kilis Operations Room
Opponents Syrian Armed Forces

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Syrian Democratic Forces[2]

Battles and wars Syrian Civil War

Ansar al-Sharia (Arabic: أنصار الشريعة‎, lit. 'Partisans of Islamic Law'‎) is a joint operations room of Islamist Syrian rebel factions that operate in Aleppo, Syria. Its stated aim is seizing the city of Aleppo from regime forces in order to administer the city under Sharia law on the basis of a joint charter.[4]

In an October 2015 publication, the Washington D.C.-based Institute for the Study of War considered Ansar al-Sharia as one of the "powerbrokers" in Aleppo Province, being primarily "anti-regime" but not necessarily "anti-ISIS".[4]


As of October 2015, the following groups participate in the operations room:[5]

See also


  1. "Rebel and Islamist groups form (another) op room "Ansar Al-Shariah" to take Aleppo city and its countryside". Reddit. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Peto Lucem". Twitter.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Syria military resists major rebel assault in Aleppo". BBC News. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cafarella & Casagrande 2015, p. 3.
  5. Cafarella & Casagrande 2015, pp. 14 f.


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