Liwa al-Quds

Liwa al-Quds
Participant in Syrian Civil War
Active September 2013–present[1]
Ideology Pro-Syrian government
Palestinian nationalism
Groups Lions of al-Quds Battalion
Deterrence Battalion
Lions of al-Shahba’ Battalion[2]
Leaders Muhammad al-Sa’eed (a.k.a. “The Engineer”)[2]
Headquarters Aleppo[2]

Syrian Armed Forces
National Defence Forces
Ba'ath Brigades

Opponents Free Syrian Army
Islamic Front
Al-Nusra Front
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Battles and wars

Liwa al-Quds (Arabic: لواء القدس) or the Jerusalem Brigade is a Sunni Palestinian pro-Government group that operates in Aleppo, formed in 2013 by the engineer Muhammad al-Sa’eed. By the beginning of 2015, the group had suffered 200 killed and over 400 wounded since its establishment.[2] The group is composed of predominately Sunni Palestinians from the al-Nayrab district as well as the former refugee camp Handarat. Liwa al-Quds is believed to be the largest loyalist auxiliary force operating in Aleppo.[1]

Operational history

The group supported the Syrian Army in its effort to reopen the main supply line to Aleppo in 2015.[3]

See also


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