Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union

Not to be confused with Ajnad al-Sham.
Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union
الاتحاد الإسلامي لأجناد الشام
Participant in Syrian Civil War

Official logo of Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union
Active 2 December 2013 – present[1]
Ideology Islamism[2]
Leaders Faysal al-Shami  [3]
Abu Mohammed al-Fateh (former)[4]
Area of operations Darayya District, Rif Dimashq Governorate, Syria[1]
Strength 3,000[5]
Part of Syrian Revolutionary Command Council (dissolved)
Unified Military Command of Eastern Ghouta (dissolved)[6]
Jund al-Malahm (dissolved)[7]
al Marj Operations Room (dissolved)[8]
Allies Army of Mujahedeen[9]
Sham Legion
Alweiat Al-Furqan
Islamic Front (dissolved)[10]
Jaysh al-Islam
Opponents Syrian Armed Forces[11]
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Battles and wars

Syrian Civil War

The Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union (Arabic: الاتحاد الإسلامي لأجناد الشام, al-ittihad al-islami li-ajnad al-sham, "Islamic Union of the Soldiers of the Levant") is an alliance of some of the Islamist groups that have been active during the Syrian Civil War.[2] The organization expressed support for the Geneva II talks.[13]


The groups involved are:[4]

  • the al-Habib al-Mustafa Brigades
  • the Amjad al-Islam Gathering
  • the Sahaba Brigades and Battalions
  • the Shabab al-Houda Battalions
  • the Der al-Asima Brigade



On 18 February 2016, its fighters based in eastern Ghouta announced the "full incorporation" of its fighters into al-Rahman Legion, though reiterating that its fighters based in the western Damascus suburbs of Darayya and Moadammiyyeh as well as in southern Damascus would still operate under the Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union banner and where not a part of this merger.[6]

On 26 February 2016, Syrian Army Special Forces killed the second leader of Ajnad al-Sham, Faysal al-Shami ("Abu Malek") after intense clashes in the Darayya Association Quarter.[3]

See also


  1. 1 2 "Pushing Back Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: The Path to Conflict". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  2. 1 2 "Damascus Preachers and the Armed Rebellion". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  3. 1 2 Leith Fadel (26 February 2016). "Top rebel commander killed in Darayya amid Syrian Army advance". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  4. 1 2 "The Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  5. Ewen MacAskill. "Who are these 70,000 Syrian fighters David Cameron is relying on?". the Guardian. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  6. 1 2 Albin Szakola (19 February 2016). "Damascus rebels merge amid Jaysh al-Islam "intimidation"". Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  7. "Damascus, East Ghouta - Jabhat al Nusra, Ahrar al Sham, Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union Have Formed a Joint Operation's Room Named "Jund Al-Malahm" : syriancivilwar". reddit.
  8. "An operation room in Eastern Ghouta was formed to recapture al Marej area . : syriancivilwar". reddit.
  9. "Ambiguous Rebel Statements on the Geneva Negotiations". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  10. "Freedom, Human Rights, Rule of Law: The Goals and Guiding Principles of the Islamic Front and Its Allies". Democratic Revolution, Syrian Style. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  11. "Army makes first push toward Aleppo in a year". The Daily Star. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  12. Fadel, Leith (21 June 2016). "Islamist offensive in Darayya ends in failure". al-masdar News. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  13. "Syrian opposition says to attend talks, backed by rebel fighters". Reuters. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014.

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