The Ajnad al-Sham Islamic Union (al-ittihad al-islami li-ajnad al-sham / the Islamic Union of the Soldiers of the Levant) is a break-away Damascus based radical Islamic rebel group that was formed during November 2013 by five of the most prominent groups within the Greater Damascus Operations Room, namely:The al-Habib al-Mustafa BrigadesThe Amjad al-Islam GatheringThe Sahaba Brigades and BattalionsThe Shabab al-Houda BattalionsThe Der al-Asima BrigadeAjnad al-Sham seems to be the second-biggest rebel coalition in the Damascus area, after the Islam Army, with indications that the leadership is supportive of a merger with the Islamic Front.BackgroundAjnad al-Sham formation is in response and opposition to the growing influence of Gulf-funded Salafism, more specifically as present within the Islam Army. Zahran Alloush, leader of the Islam Army, a son of a Saudi Arabia–based theologian, seeks to transform Syria into a Sunni theocracy and encourages foreign jihadists to travel to…
Ajnad-Sham Islamic Union
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