1st Coastal Division

1st Coastal Division
الفرقة الأولى الساحلية
Participant in the Syrian civil war

Official logo of the 1st Coastal Division

1st Coastal Division flag
Area of operations Idlib Governorate
Latakia Governorate[1]
Part of Free Syrian Army[1]
Rad al-Mazalem[3][4][5][6]
Allies Ahrar ash-Sham
Turkistan Islamic Party
Al-Nusra Front
Opponents Syrian Armed Forces
National Defense Force
Battles and wars

Syrian Civil War

The 1st Coastal Division (formerly known as the Brigade of the Chargers)[7] is a Syrian rebel group that is affiliated with the Free Syrian Army and has been vetted by the Friends of Syria Group. It received TOW missiles and operates in the Idlib and northern Latakia governorates. The group received training and funding from Qatar. It is a former member of the Ahfad al-Rasul Brigade.[1]


The group participated in the Al-Anfal Offensive[1] and the 2015 Jisr al-Shughur offensive with a wide array of Syrian opposition forces.[8]

1st Coastal Division is famous for including Free Syrian Army war hero Abo Hamza who became notable on social media for his many skillful BGM-71 TOW missile shots.[9]

In October 2015 the 1st Coastal Division's chief of staff, Captain Basil Zamo, was killed in a Russian airstrike on Jabal al-Akrad, Latakia.[2]

In April 2016, the group together with Ahrar al-Sham, Al-Nusra Front, and the Turkistan Islamic Party attacked Syrian government positions in northeastern Latakia Governorate, capturing the villages of Nakshaba, Al-Bayyada and 50% of Jabal Qamou'.[10]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "The Moderate Rebels: A Complete and Growing List of Vetted Groups". Democratic Revolution, Syrian Style. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  2. 1 2 "Third Russian air strike on Syrian rebel group kills leader". Reuters. 20 October 2015.
  3. "Ivan Sidorenko". Twitter. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  4. "معركة رد المظالم". Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  5. https://www.facebook.com/rd.almzalm/
  6. Zen Adra (18 April 2016). "Field report: Islamist rebels attack Syrian Army in Hama. Map Update". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  7. "The Moderate Rebels: A Complete and Growing List of Vetted Groups Fielding TOW-Missiles". 22 November 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  8. "Syrian Rebellion Obs". Twitter. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  9. "In Syria, the Stakes Are High for a Rebel Offensive". Stratfor. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  10. Fahd, Majd (2016-04-10). "Syrian Army retreats from hilltop in Latakia as Islamist rebels push back - Map update". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 2016-06-08.

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