The Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (The Battalion of the Sayyid’s Martyrs or KSS) has quietly established itself as an Iraqi Shia militia force contributing combatants to the battlefront in southern Damascus. At present, the KSS’s main raison d’être appears to be as a source for Iraqi Shia fighters who can be used to “Defend the Zaynab Shrine”, a major Shia Islamic site in Syria. KSS sends its fighters to Syria where they act as an intrinsic part of the Syrian-based Liwa'a Abu Fadl al-Abbas (LAFA) Liwa’a Abu Fadl al-Abbas (LAFA). KSS stated its aims included the protection of “shrines across the globe”, the preservation of “Iraqi unity”, and an end to sectarian conflict. Liwa'a Abu Fadl al-Abbas (LAFA) brigade, named after a seventh century martyr son of Imam Ali who is considered the father of Shiite Islam, was formed in 2012, fights around the shrine of Sayyida Zeinab.
Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS)
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