أجناد الشامParticipant in the Syrian Civil War
The Black Standard used by Ajnad al-Sham
|Active||November 2013 – 28 April 2017|
|Area of operations||Idlib Governorate|
|Part of||Army of Conquest (2015–2017)|
Tahrir al-Sham (Jan.-Jun. 2017; Nov. 2017-present)
Ahrar al-Sham (Jun.-Nov. 2017)
|Allies|| Ahrar al-Sham|
Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba
|Battles and war(s)||Syrian Civil War|
The Ajnad al-Sham (Arabic: أجناد الشام, Soldiers of the Levant) is an independent Idlib and Hama-based rebel group active during the Syrian Civil War. The group is named after Ajnad al-Sham. It joined the Army of Conquest on 24 March 2015 and took part in the Second Battle of Idlib. On 29 March 2014, it announced that its military leader, Abu Abdullah Taoum, was killed during clashes around al-Fouaa.
On 5 November 2015, during the 2nd Northwestern Syria offensive, Ajnad al-Sham militants in the Hama Governorate killed and beheaded an unnamed Syrian Army Brigadier general and placed his head in a bin. They posted a picture of it on Facebook and Twitter where fellow militants praised this execution and labelled the Brigadier general with derogatory slogans like "Nusayri" - a term for Alawites.
In February 2017, during clashes between Ahrar al-Sham, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the ISIL affiliated Jund al-Aqsa, the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Ajnad al-Sham came under attack from fighters from Jund al-Aqsa at their headquarters along with Saraya al-Ghuraba another Jihadist group, and during the attack, Jund al-Aqsa reportedly seized weapons and vehicles from Ajnad al-Sham and Saraya al-Ghuraba.
On 18 June 2017, after joining Hayat Tahrir al-Sham the group left HTS instead joining Ahrar al-Sham.
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