New Syrian Army

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New Syrian Army
جيش سوريا الجديد
Participant in Syrian Civil War
Active 10 November 2015[1] – present
Leaders Khazal al Sarhan
Area of operations Deir ez-Zor Governorate, Homs Governorate & Rif Dimashq Governorate, Syria
Part of Free Syrian Army
Authenticity and Development Front[1]
Allies Ahmad al-Abdo Martyrs Brigades and Battalions[2]
Jaysh Usud al-Sharqiya
Opponents Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant[1]

The New Syrian Army (Arabic: جيش سوريا الجديد‎‎), or NSA, is a group of Syrian Arab Army defectors established during the Syrian Civil War. Founded in November 2015, they seek to expel the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from eastern Syria. It claims that it had received training and advanced weaponry from the Authenticity and Development Front and CIA.[3]

Operational history

On 16 November, the NSA was deployed at al-Tanf in southeastern Syria, near the Jordanian border, and carried out a raid, with or without USA aerial support. No further information was given.[4]

On 5 March 2016, the NSA and another FSA group, Ahmad al-Abdo Martyrs Brigades and Battalions, captured the al-Tanf border crossing from ISIL in a cross-border raid from Jordan.[2][5]

In May, an Islamic State suicide attack on a NSA base near al-Tanf resulted in a large number of casualties. The attack brought to the surface underlying tensions and a lack of morale within the group, whom allege that the USA has failed to provide them with the equipment promised.[6]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Syria's New Army". BBC. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Rebels (FSA Ahmed Salabdo and New Syrian army) captured Al Tanf border crossing. Syria-Iraq". Live UA Map Syria. 5 March 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "CIA Funded and SOF Trained: The New Syrian Army Hits the Ground". SOF Rep. Retrieved 17 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "New U.S.-backed offensive in northern Syria advances on ISIS outposts". McClatchy DC. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Syria Rebels take border crossing from IS". Associated Press. 5 March 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "The last remaining Pentagon-trained rebel group in Syria is now in jeopardy". Washington Post. 27 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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