قوات الصناديد |
Participant in Syrian Civil War
Flag of Al-Sanadid Forces
pro-Shammar tribal autonomy|
anti-House of Saud
pro-breakup of Saudi Arabia
(Sanadid military leader)
Hamidi Daham al-Hadi
|Headquarters||Tell Hamis, Syria|
|Area of operations||Al-Hasakah Governorate, Syria|
2,000+ (in reserve)
Syrian Democratic Forces|
Syrian Arab Coalition
People's Protection Units|
Women's Protection Units
Syriac Military Council
|Opponents||Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant|
|Battles and wars||
Forces of the Brave (Arabic: قوات الصناديد, Jaysh al-Sanadid or Quwwat al-Sanadid) is a militia formed by the Arab Shammar tribe to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The tribe is based in Til Koçer and Jazaa regions of the Cizîr Canton of Rojava as well as in Iraq. The red colour in their flag represents blood while the yellow represents the light, calling themselves “marchers on the red death”.
The Al-Sanadid Forces are affiliated with the governor of Jazirah district and tribal leader Hamidi Daham al-Hadi (Humaydi Daham al Hadi), also known as Hmeidi Daham al-Jarba. The Forces are led by Hamidi's son Bandar al-Humaydi.
The al-Sanadid Forces primarily want to ensure the Shammar tribe's autonomy and security in the Al-Hasakah Governorate; furthermore, they have pledged to fight Wahhabism. Hamidi Daham al-Hadi has also expressed his ambition to facilitate the breakup of Saudi Arabia, likely to retake the former Emirate of Jabal Shammar from the House of Saud. Furthermore, they neither support or oppose the Syrian Ba'ath regime.
The Shammar tribe generally maintains a long cooperative relationship with the Syrian Kurds since the 18th century, despite a number of tribal disputes. In course of the 2004 al-Qamishli riots, the Shammar under Bandar al-Humaydi were the only tribe in Al-Hasakah Governorate that refused to fight the Kurdish protestors for the government. As result, when the al-Sanadid Forces were formed, they were set up as explicitly pro-Kurdish. Hamidi Daham al-Hadi and his son both repeatedly expressed loyalty to and support for the Kurdish forces.
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