The Northern Storm Brigade is an Islamist FSA unit that controls an important border crossing between Syria and Turkey. In September 2013, there were deadly clashes between the Northern Storm Brigade and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) after the jihadist group stormed the town of Azaz. In 2012 the rebel leader of the Azaz Northern Storm Brigade was convinced that the eleven Lebanese men returning from a pilgrimage in Iran were high-ranking Hezbollah officials when his group kidnapped them, releasing two and holding nine hodtage. His condition for their release was an apology from Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah for supporting the Assad regime. The kidnapping set off a crisis in Lebanon, including a series of revenge kidnappings in Beirut. Azaz, a Syrian border town with Turkey, was the target of nightly shelling since rebel brigades, including the Northern Storm, drove the Syrian army out. A month after rebels declared Azaz a "liberated…
Azaz Northern Storm Brigade
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