The Ahrar al-Sham Movement has revealed that almost 10,000 of its commanders and fighters were eliminated by the Syrian Arab Army and its allies.
On January 5, the militant group released, for the first time ever, the names of 9,525 of its commanders and fighters who were killed between 2011 and 2020.
Ahrar al-Sham was formed by a group of radicals who admired Salafism and Jihadism as well as the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood. The movement started forming units after the Egyptian revolution of January 2011, before the Syrian uprising started in March 2011.
Ahrar al-Sham began carrying out military operations against the SAA in December 2011. The group grew quickly to become one of the opposition’s leading armed factions in Syria with active units nearly on all frontlines.
In September 2014, the movement received a major blow when a mysterious explosion at an Idlib bunker eliminated its leadership, including its founder and commander-in-chief Hassane Abboud.
The 2016 battle of Aleppo city became another bad turn for Ahrar al-Sham, which sustained heavy losses in personnel and equipment. The group was never the same after losing the battle to government forces.
Despite its continues attempts to appease al-Qaeda factions in Syria, mainly the al-Nusra Front [Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham], the group has found itself in conflict with them several times.
Ahrar al-Sham is officially designated as a terrorist group by Syria, Iraq, Russia, Lebanon, Egypt, the UAE, Malaysia and the Netherlands.
Today, Ahrar al-Sham is a shadow of its past with barely any influence in northern and northwestern Syria. The group is a part of the National Front for Liberation and the Syrian National Army. These militant coalitions are created and supported by Turkey.
Last year, an internal conflict over leadership almost put the end of Ahrar al-Sham. The group, which once ruled over vast areas in Syria and maintained a large military force, is now nearing its end.
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