Ajnad al-Sham

Not to be confused with Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union.
Ajnad al-Sham
أجناد الشام
Participant in the Syrian Civil War

The Black Standard used by Ajnad al-Sham

The Black Standard used by Ajnad al-Sham
Active November 2013 - present[1]
Ideology Sunni Islam
Leaders Abu Hamza Al-Hamwi[2]
Abu Abdullah Taoum [3]
Abdel Aziz al-Ali [4]
Area of operations Idlib Governorate[3]
Hama Governorate[5]
Part of Army of Conquest[6]
Allies Islamic Front
Al-Nusra Front
Opponents Syrian Armed Forces
National Defense Force
Battles and wars

Syrian Civil War

The Ajnad al-Sham (Arabic: أجناد الشام, Soldiers of the Levant) is an independent Idlib and Hama-based rebel group 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.[6] On 29 March 2014, it announced that its military leader, Abu Abdullah Taoum, was killed during clashes around al-Fouaa.

In May 2016, a statement by the group threatened to retaliate against government forces if demands related to a prison riot in Hama were not met.[8]

Beheading of Syrian Army Brigadier general

On 5 November 2015, during the 2nd Northwestern Syria offensive, Ajnad al-Sham militants in the Hama Governorate killed and beheaded an unnamed Syrian Army Brigadier general and placed his head in a bin.[5][9] They posted a picture of it on Facebook and Twitter where fellow activists praised this execution and labelled the Brigadier general with derogatory slogans like "Nusayri" - a term for Alawites.[5]

See also


  1. "Al-Qaeda-linked terror leader killed in Syria's Idlib". Shia Post. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  2. "The leader of Ajnad Alsham tells were the next target of the army of conquest". 29 July 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 "The leader of al-Qaeda-affiliated Ajnad al-Sham battalion killed in Idlib". Breaking News. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  4. 1 2 Zen Adra (4 July 2016). "Jihadi groups mourn top leader in northern Latakia". al-Masdar News. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  5. 1 2 3 4 Leith Fadel (6 November 2015). "U.S. Backed Moderate Rebels Proudly Post Images of Beheaded Syrian Soldiers in Northern Hama". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  6. 1 2 "Al Qaeda and allies form coalition to battle Syrian regime in Idlib". Long War Journal. 24 March 2015.
  7. "Islamic State closes in on Syrian city of Aleppo; U.S. abandons rebel training effort". Reuters. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  8. "Syria: Hama prison besieged as inmates riot". www.aljazeera.com. Al Jazeera English. 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2016-07-10.
  9. "Russian warplanes target the northern countryside of Hama and violent clashes in the vicinity of Atshan". SOHR. 6 November 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
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