Khalid ibn al-Walid Army
|Khalid ibn al-Walid Army|
جيش خالد بن الوليد |
Participant in the Syrian civil war
The Black Standard of ISIL
|Active||21 May 2016 – present|
|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.
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.
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.
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- "Clashes breakout between IS allied faction and rebels in Dar'a". SOHR. 14 August 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.