Rebels Form ‘Ahl al-Sham’ Brigades in West Qalamoun

Opposition factions operating near Lebanon-Syria border merge under goal of "raising the word of God and his laws on earth"

Several opposition factions operating in Western Qalamoun, Damascus, announced their full integration under the name of "Ahl ash-Sham Brigades" on Wednesday, September 30.

In a statement issued by the group, the new assembly explained that it came after many experiments and attempts to unify the military efforts in the area along the Syrian-Lebanese border.

The merge comes for a common goal which is "to raise the word of God and his laws on earth", the statement added, alluding to the formation of a Shura Council to supervise the Brigade’s operations.

According to the statement, the Shura Council agreed to appoint Abu Muwafaq ash-Shami as a Brigade leader, with the military leadership assigned to Abu Hassan al-Qalamouni. The statement stressed that Ahl ash-Sham Brigades is an independent formation and does not follow any other council or party.

Sources in Western Qalamoun told Enab Baladi the new formation includes the following factions: Itasimou Bihabl al-Lah Rally, al-Ghurabaa Brigade, Rijal Minal Kalamoon Brigade, Western Qalamoun Rally, the Martyrs of Qastal Brigade, Dira al-Qalamoun Battalion, the Martyrs of Nabek Battalion and Ibn Taymiyyah Battalion.

The sources stressed that the new formation has a "good" relationship with the Nusra Front, and most of its fighters have previously worked with Nusra within the "Jaish al-Fatah in Qalamoun" operations room.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer

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