Army of Aleppo

The Jaysh Halab (Arabic: جيش حلب‎, lit. 'Army of Aleppo') was a coalition of Syrian rebel groups based in rebel-held areas inside the city of Aleppo, Syria. The coalition was created by Hashim al-Sheikh, the former general commander of Ahrar ash-Sham with the intent of unifying various rebel groups in Aleppo.[1] After the announcement, nothing was heard of the group until December 2016.

Army of Aleppo
جيش حلب
Jaysh Halab
LeadersHashim al-Sheikh ("Abu Jaber")[1]

(February 2016)
Abu Abdul Rahman Noor [2]
Omar Abdul-Razaq ("Abu Bashar al-Mara")(overall commander, since December 2016)

Abu al-Abd Ashidaa[3] (Emir, since December 2016 - also heads Ashida'a Mujahideen Brigade)[4][2][5]
Dates of operation
  • February 2016 – ? (first group)
  • 1 December 2016 – 21 December 2016 (second group)
HeadquartersAleppo, Syria
Active regionsAleppo, Syria
Allies Army of Conquest
Fatah Halab
Jabhat Ansar al-Din
Opponents
Battles and warsSyrian Civil War
Preceded by
Fatah Halab (became the 2nd iteration of Jaysh al-Halab, southeastern Aleppo)

Initial member groupsEdit

The joint operations room consisted of both Sunni Islamist and Salafist factions and some Free Syrian Army groups. On its formation on 6 February 2016, the former Ahrar ash-Sham commander issued an ultimatum that ordered 15 rebel factions to join the group within 72 hours.[1]

Re-activationEdit

On 1 December 2016, during the Aleppo offensive, all rebel groups in southeastern Aleppo reportedly merged into the coalition replacing Fatah Halab in southeastern Aleppo.[6] A new commander, Abu Abdul Rahman Noor was named.[2] On 9 December a new emir was named, Abu Ashida'a[3]

The 2nd iteration of the group includes:[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Aleppo rebels rally around former Ahrar leader". Now News. 17 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Factions in Aleppo announce forming the "Unified Army of Aleppo"". RFS Media Office. 1 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b "New speech by Abu al-Abd Ashidaa, the new "emir of Aleppo" (can someone please translate?) • /r/syriancivilwar".
  4. ^ "أبو العبد أشداء (@join_alfateh1) - Twitter".
  5. ^ "izat on Twitter".
  6. ^ "Besieged Aleppo rebels unite under new Jaish Halab banner". Al-Masdar News. 1 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Aleppo Army infogrphic". Yalla Souriya. 2 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Charles Lister on Twitter".
  9. ^ Fadel, Leith (23 November 2016). "Four high-ranking jihadist commanders killed in Aleppo".