Supreme Command for Jihad and Liberation
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The Supreme Command for Jihad and Liberation (a.k.a. Supreme Council of Jihad and Liberation or SCJL or Ba'athist Loyalists) is an Iraqi front comprising some 23 militia groups formed in October 2007 and led by former Iraqi vice president and deputy chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri. The name is also often used to refer to the largest militia in the front, the Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order (also known by its Arabic initials JRTN), which is commanded by Douri himself.
|Supreme Command for Jihad and Liberation|
القيادة العليا للجهاد والتحريرParticipant in the Iraq War
|Active||3 October 2007 – 18 December 2011 |
January 2014 – present
|Leaders||Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri|
|Area of operations||Iraq, Sunni Triangle|
|Allies||Naqshbandi Army Anbar Tribal Councils|
|Opponent(s)||Republic of Iraq Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant|
|Battles and war(s)||Iraqi insurgency (2003–11)|
The formation of the coalition was announced on 3 October 2007 in a videotaped message broadcast on the Arab satellite television channel Al Arabiya and in a statement posted on a Ba'athist website.
The group laid down a series of eight terms and conditions in order for negotiations with U.S. forces to take place:
- Officially recognize the patriotic Resistance and all the patriotic, Arab nationalist, and Islamist Resistance organizations in all their armed and civil organizations as the sole legitimate representative of Iraq and its people.
- Officially announce an unconditional withdrawal from Iraq – whether that be immediate or in short stages.
- Halt raids, pursuits, killings, destruction, sabotage, dispossession, and expulsions and withdraw the occupation troops from all population centers.
- Free all prisoners and detainees without exception and compensate them for their losses.
- Return to service the Iraqi Army and national security forces, which were declared dissolved by the Americans during their invasion in 2003. They are to be restored in keeping with the rules and traditions that were in force before the American invasion and they must also be compensated for their losses.
- Pledge to compensate Iraq for all the material and moral losses and injuries caused the country by the occupation.
- Cancel all laws, decrees, and other pieces of legislation issued after the occupation.
- Hold direct talks with the Resistance on implementing a program to fulfill the principles adhered to by the Supreme Command.
In addition to naming ad-Douri head of the group, the Supreme Command for Jihad and Liberation also appointed several others to its general staff:
- Lieutenant General 'Amir Muhammad Amin (Deputy Supreme Commander for Military Affairs)
- Shaykh 'Ali 'Abdallah al-'Ubaydi (Head of Religious Consultation Body)
- General Khalid Sulayman Khalaf (Head of National Security Board)
- Lieutenant General Muhammad Salig 'Alwan (Head of Board for Administrative and Financial Affairs)
- General Salah ad-Din Ahmad (Head of Board for Information and Mobilization)
- Dr. Kan'an Amin (Official Spokesman)
The Supreme Command for Jihad and Liberation is made up of 23 resistance groups. The coalition is led by a Sufi Muslim group – "The Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order." Ad-Douri is said to have ascribed to Sufism, a mystical form of Islam, in his later years.
The 23 named groups include:
- The Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order
- The Army of the Prophet's Companions (Jaish al-Sahaba)
- The Army of the Murabiteen (Jaish al-Murabiteen)
- The Army of al-Hamzah (Jaish al-Hamzah)
- The Army of the Message (Jaish al-Risala)
- The Army of Ibn al-Walid (Jaish Ibn al-Walid)
- The United Command of the Mujahideen in Iraq
- The Liberation Brigades (Kataeb al-Tahrir)
- The Army of al-Mustafa (Jaish al-Mustafa)
- The Army of the Liberation of Iraq (Jaish Tahrir Iraq)
- Squadrons of the Martyrs (Saraya al-Shuhada)
- The Army of the Sabireen (Jaish al-Sabireen)
- The Brigades of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers
- The Army of the Knight for the Liberation of the Self-Rule Area
- Squadrons of the Jihad in Basra (Saraya al-Jihad al-Basrah)
- Jihadist Squadrons of Fallujah (Saraya al-Falluja al-Jihadiya)
- The Patriotic Popular Front for the Liberation of Iraq
- The Squadrons of the Husayni Revolution of at-Taff (Saraya Altaf al-Husayni)
- Squadrons of the Liberation of the South (Saraya Tahrir al-Junoob)
- Army of Haneen (Jaish al-Haneen)
- Squadrons of Diyala for Jihad and Liberation
- The Squadrons of Glory for the Liberation of Iraq
- Kurdistan Liberation Army
- "The JRTN Movement and Iraq's Next Insurgency". Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. Archived from the original on 26 August 2011.
- al-Tamimi, Aymenn Jawad (23 January 2014). "Comprehensive Reference Guide to Sunni Militant Groups in Iraq". Jihadology. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
- Saddam ex-deputy heads new insurgent coalition: report Agence France-Presse, 3 October 2007
- Al Douri forms nationalist Sunni coalition The Long War Journal, 4 October 2007
- Iraqi Resistance announces Founding of Supreme Command for the Jihad and Liberation in Baghdad AlBasrah.net, 3 October 2007
- Iraqi Insurgents Announce New Coalition Associated Press, International Herald Tribune, 3 October 2007
- Kurdistan Liberation Army Pledges Allegiance to al Douri CBS News, 22 December 2008
- Iraq insurgents form front under ex-Saddam aide: TV Reuters, 3 October 2007
- Attacks attributed to the SCJL on the START terrorism database.