Jaysh al-Salam

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Jaysh al-Salam
جيش السلام
Participant in the Syrian Civil War
A Toyota Hilux belonging to the Tahrir Brigade, Jaish al-Salam's former main subgroup in the Raqqa Governorate
A Toyota Hilux belonging to the Tahrir Brigade, Jaish al-Salam's former main subgroup in the Raqqa Governorate
Active 23 June 2015-present
  • Jihad in the Path of God Brigade
  • Tahrir Brigade (some members)[1]
  • Jund al-Haramayn Brigade (former)
  • Ahrar al-Tabqa Brigade
  • Umanaa al-Raqqa Brigade
  • Harun al-Rashid Brigade
  • Tall Abyad Revolutionaries Front[2]
Leaders Maj. Gen. Abdul Karim Obeid Surrendered[3]
Headquarters Tel Abyad, Raqqa Governorate, Syria
Area of operations
Battles and wars Syrian Civil War

Jaysh al-Salam (Arabic: جيش السلام‎‎; "Army of Peace") is an operations room of Free Syrian Army factions that operates in northern and eastern Syria with the goal to attack IS in ar-Raqqah. The group later joined the Syrian Democratic Forces which participated in an offensive in northern Raqqa.[5]


Jihad in the Path of God Brigade

The Jihad in the Path of God Brigade (Arabic: لواء الجهاد في سبيل الله‎, translit. Liwa al-Jihad fi Sabeel Allah) is a rebel group that operated in eastern Aleppo Governorate. It is currently fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in eastern Aleppo province.[6] The group acknowledges the Syrian opposition-in-exile government the Syrian National Council and the Supreme Military Council.[6] The Jihad in the Path of God Brigade was reported to be part of the Euphrates Volcano operations room in late September 2014;[7]

Liberation Brigade

Liwa al-Tahrir or the Liberation Brigade (Arabic: لواء التحرير‎) is a FSA-affiliated rebel group that was formed in the city of Ras al-Ayn, part of the northern Hasakah Governorate, in September 2014. Led by major general Abdul Karim Obeid, a former commander of the Farouq Brigades, the group joined the Euphrates Volcano operations room in coordination with the YPG soon after its formation.[3] In mid-2015 Liwa al-Tahrir participated in the Tell Abyad offensive and jointly controlled the border crossing with Akçakale.[4]

In early June 2016 the Tahrir Brigade's commander, Abdul Karim Obeid, attended and spoke at the funeral of Abu Layla, who was killed during the Manbij offensive, in Kobane.[8]

In September 2016 tensions flared up between the YPG and Liwa al-Tahrir due to the perceived marginalization of FSA and Arab components of the Syrian Democratic Forces. Liwa al-Tahrir also refused to fight the Turkish Armed Forces and its allies during the Jarabulus offensive. In a video message to the United States, the group's commander called for the SDF to be reformed into a united army under the authority of the United States Central Command and threatened to leave the SDF and withdraw from Tel Abyad if the YPG continued to dominate the coalition. [9] As a response, the YPG imposed a blockade on the villages controlled by the group. Hours later, Abdul Karim Obeid and dozens of his fighters crossed from Tel Abyad into Turkey and defected to the Turkish Army.[10] 25 to 50 of them arrived in Jarabulus and defected to pro-Turkish rebels fighting the SDF, the remaining fighters stayed with the SDF.[11]

See also


  1. https://twitter.com/arabthomness/status/773233421879545856
  2. "Infographic: Jaysh al-Salam – "al-Salam Army" – New Rebel formation of 7 Free Syrian Army groups". Archicivilians on twitter. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "FSA in the city of Ras al-Ayn of Hasaka". ARA News. 13 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Border gate taken under control by YPG/YPJ and Liwa Al-Tahrir forces". ANF News. 15 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "What platoons are participating in freeing Raqqa campaign?". Hawar News. 25 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 "The Factions of Raqqa Province". Syria Comment. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "YPG and FSA set up 'Joint Action Centre'". Firat News. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Kobani deposited battalion commander Shams Abu Leila North". Al-Etihad Press. 7 June 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Tensions between the Liberation Brigade and the Syrian Democratic Forces". Arabi 21. 2 September 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Step_Agency1 (1 September 2016). "Abo mohamad kaferzita , the leader of tahrir brigade, just entered #turky with some of his soldiers, and surrender to turkish army. N #Raqqa" (Tweet).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Liberation Brigade defected in Jarabulus". Baladi News. 2 September 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>