Syria's Tomorrow Movement

Syria's Tomorrow Movement
Leader Fouad Humeira[1]
President Ahmad Jarba
General Secretary Ali el-Assy[2]
Founded 11 March 2016
Headquarters Cairo, Egypt[3]
Ideology Pluralist democracy[2]
Party flag

The Syria's Tomorrow Movement is a Syrian opposition party founded in March 2016 in Cairo by Ahmad Jarba, a Syrian National Council member. The party is backed by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and cooperates with the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, although it is not part of the coalition.[1][3] They also cooperate with the Syrian Democratic Council and the associated de facto autonomous administration of the Federation of Northern Syria - Rojava.[4]


The movement aims to decentralize Syria and implement pluralist democracy in Syria. However, it opposes any partition of Syria.[2] The party considers Alawites, as with all other ethnic groups in Syria, to be an essential component of Syrians and called for a greater inclusion of them in the opposition.[1]

Relations with other parties and states

During the formation of the movement Egyptian and Lebanese officials attended the announcement. Although the party aims to oppose the government of Bashar al-Assad, Syrian government and Russian officials have also attended the formation, along with the Palestinian official Mohammed Dahlan.[3] A Kurdistan Regional Government representative also attended the meeting.[5]

In early April 2016, the head of Syria's Tomorrow Movement, Fouad Humeira, met with Anas Al-Abdah, the head of the Movement for Justice and Development in Syria and the overall president of the Syrian National Coalition. Al-Abdah expressed the SNC's readiness to cooperate with Syria's Tomorrow Movement.[1]

In September Ahmad Jarba met with the leader of the Movement for a Democratic Society, representing the de facto autonomous administration of the Federation of Northern Syria - Rojava, in order to form an agreement to participate in the governing of northeastern Syria.[6] They issued a joint statement that "the monist powers insisting on one party, one flag and one nation are doomed to fail, and peoples are trying to realize their dreams for a democratic, pluralist and united Syria."[4]

Weeks later, the Local Coordination Committees of Syria reported that a US helicopter transported Ahmed Jarba and Syrian actor Jamal Suliman from Iraqi Kurdistan to the Abu Hajar Airport near the town of Rmelan in northeastern Syria. After they arrived, the two met with the PYD official Eldar Khalil, along with politicians from other Kurdish parties in Syria.[7]

Military wing

Elite Forces
قوات النخبة
Participant in the Syrian Civil War
Active March 2016—present
Ideology Pluralist democracy
Area of operations
Part of
Originated as Ahrar al-Jazeera
Opponents  Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

On 18 April 2016, a unit of Free Syrian Army fighters of al-Shaitat and Shammar origins in eastern Syria calling themselves the Elite Forces declared themselves to be the armed wing of Syria's Tomorrow Movement and stressed Kurdish-Arab unity in Syria. The group claimed to have captured 3 villages from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant 60 kilometres north of Deir ez-Zor. The Syrian Democratic Forces welcomed the presence of the Elite Forces although the group is not officially allied with it. Ahmad Jarba reportedly shipped weapons from Iraqi Kurdistan to Syria in order to arm the faction.[5]

In late June 2016, more than 100 fighters from the group joined the SDF after tribal disputes in the area.[8]

On 13 September 2016, the remaining members joined the SDF.[9]

The brigade is the successor of now defunct group Ahrar al-Jazeera.[10]


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