21st Combined Force (Syrian rebel group)

21st Combined Force
تجمع القوة 21
Participant in the Syrian civil war

Official logo of the 21st Combined Force

Former 101st Division Flag
Ideology Islamic democracy
Area of operations
Strength 2,000 (2015)[3]
Part of
Battles and wars

Syrian Civil War

The 21st Combined Force (Arabic: تجمع القوة 21), formerly the 101st Infantry Division, (Arabic: الفرقة 101 مشاة), is Syrian rebel group affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, sanctioned by the Syrian National Council[2] and a part of the Syrian Revolutionary Command Council.[4] It received U.S.-made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles and is funded by the Supreme Military Council.[2] It notably includes religious minorities in leadership positions.[5]

On 6 May 2015, along with 13 other Aleppo-based groups, joined the Fatah Halab joint operations room.


The 101st Infantry Division suspended its cooperation with the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front on 21 July 2014. On 7 September 2014, 101st Division allied with four other rebel groups, including the Knights of Justice Brigade, into a new formation called the 5th Corps.[5] In December 2015 it merged with the Knights of Justice Brigade to form the Northern Division,[6] but the 101st Division left the group in June 2016.[7]

On 14 October 2016, the 101st Infantry Division absorbed several smaller rebel groups and changed its name to the 21st Combined Force.

Stance on Israel

The group's leadership stance on Israel can be described as hostile.[2]

Member groups

See also


  1. "Band "101 pedestrians" changed its name .. and merge with several factions". Enab Baladi. 14 October 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Exclusive Interview: Former MIG pilot recounts audacious defection, talks TOW missiles". Tahrir Souri. 6 June 2014. Archived from the original on June 8, 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  3. 1 2 "Don't underestimate Free Syrian Army". Al-Monitor. 1 October 2015.
  4. 1 2 "EXCLUSIVE – 18 Syrian revolutionary factions advancing toward a One Army project". The Arab Chronicle. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  5. 1 2 3 "Merger of Five Rebel Factions into the Fifth Corps". National Coalition of Syrian and Revolutionary Forces. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  6. arabthomness (8 December 2015). "#Syria: Liwa Fursan al-Haqq and the 101st Infantry Division announce a merger to for Furqat al-Shamaliah (#FSA)" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  7. "The 101st Infantry statement on separation from Knights of Justice". Youtube. 10 June 2016.

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