Jaysh al-Izza

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Army of Glory
جيش العزة
Jaysh al-Izza
Participant in the Syrian Civil War
JaishAlIzza.jpg
Logo of the Army of Glory
Active2013–present
Group(s)Homs al-Adiya Brigades
LeadersMaj. Jamil al-Saleh[1]
HeadquartersAl-Lataminah, Hama Governorate[1]
Area of operations
Size1,500 (late 2015)[1]
Part ofSyrian opposition Free Syrian Army
Army of Victory (2015)
Allies Tahrir al-Sham
Guardians of Religion Organization[2]
Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria
Ajnad al-Sham
Malhama Tactical
National Front for Liberation
Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army
Opponent(s) Syria
 Russia
 Iran
Hezbollah
Arab Nationalist Guard
SSNP
Ba'ath Brigades
Syrian Resistance
Battles and war(s)Syrian Civil War
Websitehttp://alazaarmy.com/

The Army of Glory (Arabic: جيش العزة‎, romanizedJaysh al-Izza), formerly the Union of Glory (Arabic: تجمع العزة‎, romanized: Tajamu‘ al-‘Izza), is a Syrian rebel group affiliated with the Free Syrian Army active in northwestern Syria, mainly in the al-Ghab Plain in northern Hama and its surroundings. Pro-opposition members of the Friends of Syria Group have supplied the group with anti-tank missiles[1] including 9K111 Fagots, BGM-71 TOWs, 9K38 Iglas and Mistrals.[3]

History[edit]

An Army of Glory fighter launches a BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile at a Syrian government position during the 2017 Hama offensive.

On 30 September 2015, the first day of the Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War, 2 Russian bombs with 8-10 submunitions struck the group's headquarters and arm depots in a cave in the village of Al-Lataminah in northern Hama.[1][4]

During the 2016 Hama offensive in September 2016, Jaysh al-Izza used a BGM-71 TOW missile to blow up a low-flying Aérospatiale Gazelle helicopter, which they alleged to be Russian.[5]

In September 2018, though originally accepting the 2018 Idlib demilitarization brokered by Russia and Turkey, with the group's leadership even thanking Turkish President Recep Erdogan for the agreement, the group later shifted its position to opposing the agreement after it was revealed that Syrian Governmental and other Pro-Assad forces would not be required to withdraw from the DMZ and that it would run entirely in opposition held areas.[6]

On June 8th activists reported of the death of Abdel Baset al-Sarout, a former goalkeeper and head of several opposition demonstrations against Bashar al-Assad. Sarout took part in an offensive in Hama countryside as a commander of Jaysh al-Izza.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Western-backed Syrian rebel group says hit by Russian air strikes". Reuters. 30 September 2015.
  2. ^ "After military operation for it, violent attack by Horas Al-Din and Ansar Al-Tawheed and Jaysh Al-Izza in northern Hama and heavy aerial and ground shelling target the area". Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. 26 April 2018.
  3. ^ "US arms shipment to Syrian rebels detailed". IHS Jane's 360. 8 April 2016. Archived from the original on 5 December 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Russia says IS not the only target in Syria". The New Arab. 1 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Syrian rebels destroy helicopter in Hama offensive-monitor, rebels". Reuters. 2 September 2016.
  6. ^ https://www.france24.com/en/20180929-syria-rebel-faction-rejects-idlib-deal
  7. ^ Schmidmeier, Fabian. "Die syrische Revolution - Teil 1: Der Aktivist Abdel Basit as-Sarout". Der Orient. Retrieved 8 June 2019.

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