Khalid ibn al-Walid Army

Not to be confused with Farouq Brigades.
Khalid ibn al-Walid Army
جيش خالد بن الوليد
Participant in the Syrian civil war

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Active 21 May 2016 – present
Ideology Salafi jihadism
Area of operations Daraa Governorate, Quneitra Governorate
Part of  Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Battles and wars Inter-rebel conflict during the Syrian civil war

The Khalid ibn al-Walid Army (Arabic: جيش خالد بن الوليد Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Waleed) is an armed Salafi jihadist group active in southern Syria. It was formed by a merger of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, the Islamic Muthanna Movement, and the Army of Jihad, all affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, on 21 May 2016. The faction controls a strip of territory southeast of the Golan Heights and is in conflict with forces of the Syrian rebels.[1]


The group is named after Khalid ibn al-Walid, who led the Muslim armies in the Battle of Yarmouk in 636 CE, which inflicted a heavy defeat on the Byzantine Army and led to the Muslim conquest of the Levant.

The date on the document declaring the establishment of the group is 14 Sha'aban 1437, corresponding to Saturday 21 May 2016 and is signed by Abu Hashim al-Shami (also known as Abu Hashim al-Hamawi), the emir of the group.[3]

On 14 August 2016, the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army launched a major attack against the Army of Conquest-held town of Hawd Al-Yarmouk; however, despite heavy fighting and losses on both sides, no progress was made by the ISIL fighters.[4][5]


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