Jaysh al-Sunna

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Jaysh al-Sunna
Participant in the Syrian Civil War
Active 20 March 2015 – present[1]
Leaders Ammar Bouqai[1]
Area of operations Homs Governorate
Idlib Governorate[1]
Aleppo Governorate
Strength 500+ fighters[1]
Part of Army of Conquest[1]
Fatah Halab[3]
Allies Islamic Front
al-Nusra Front
Opponents Syrian Armed Forces
National Defense Force
Syrian Democratic Forces
Battles and wars Syrian Civil War

The Jaysh al-Sunna is an independent Homs-based rebel group with links to the Free Syrian Army, and is active during the Syrian Civil War. It joined the Army of Conquest on 24 March 2015, and took part in the Second Battle of Idlib. It lost 14 fighters in the battle.[1]

Alleged bombing by the U.S.-led coalition

On 11 August 2015, an ammunition depot and base belonging to the group were allegedly bombed by the U.S.-led anti-ISIL Coalition in the Atme area in the Idlib Governorate. Ten of the group's fighters were killed along with 8 civilians including 5 children. Robert Ford, the former U.S. ambassador to Syria, expressed consternation at why an airstrike was conducted on Jaysh al-Sunna.[5]

On 26 February 2016, Jaysh al-Sunna's branch in Hama merged with Ahrar ash-Sham, though its northern Aleppo branch was not a part of this merger.[6]

Member groups

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 "The Homs tribute to the Idlib liberation battle". 29 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Jaysh al-Sunna hold Democratic Union the responsibility for the actions of "Battalion 13" and clear its responsibility regarding shelling Afrin". SOHR. 12 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CHz9sulUkAAj9pT.png:large
  4. "Al Qaeda and allies form coalition to battle Syrian regime in Idlib". Long War Journal. 24 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Weiss, Michael. "Did the U.S. Just Kill 5 Kids in Syria?". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 15 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. https://twitter.com/archicivilians/status/703321779117359104

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