Leon Sedov Brigade

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Leon Sedov Brigade
Participant in the Syrian Civil War
Leon Sedov Brigade logo.png
ActiveJune 2012 – present
IdeologyTrotskyism
Permanent revolution
Revolutionary socialism
Democratic socialism
LeadersAbu Muad
Abu al-Baraa 
Size200
Part of Levant Front (May–June 2015)
AlliesFracción Leninista Trotskista Internacional[1]
Opponent(s) Syria
 Iran
 Russia
Libya
Hezbollah
Syrian Democratic Forces
Battles and war(s)Libyan Civil War
Syrian Civil War

The Leon Sedov Brigade is an active armed Trotskyist group that was founded in Libya in 2012 by a group of ten to twelve Argentinians fighting against the government of Muammar Ghaddafi. After the fall of the Libyan government and beginning of the Syrian Civil War, the group's members entered Syria via Turkey and began taking part in multiple skirmishes alongside and against other armed Syrian opposition groups. The group's founder and the fighters who came with him began working in factories in Aleppo and construction sites to build local ties and raise funds as well as recruit local fighters to build a worker's army, Abu Muad states he and his group refused to take part in criminal activities to finance their operations and used their wages to buy weapons and ammunition. The group received no foreign aid.

History[edit]

In 2013 the group came into conflict with the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement after the group's leader claimed the Zenki movement was sheltering a Shabiha commander in rebel-held areas and that he was stealing property from the locals. The group proceeded to arrest the commander when he was unprotected. The arrest caused brigades linked to the Zenki movement to arrive and demand he be released. The Sedov brigade refused to release him resulting in a minor clash. The Zenki movement later requested support from Jabhat al-Nusra to mediate between the Sedov Brigade and Zenki Movement. Al-Nusra reportedly asked the brigade to release him. The brigade again refused, causing al-Nusra to respond by sending a group of Central Asian fighters to attack the group, soon after the Sedov Brigade released him.

The group's leader Abu Muad was captured by ISIL in 2013 and was held for several days in a school. He claims ISIL attempted to blackmail him and took his possessions. Protestors later demanded that ISIL release him and a local helped him escape. He says after escaping from ISIL's custody they apologized for holding him, returned his possessions and offered him food for Ramadan.

The group fought alongside an assortment of other rebel groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Sham Legion and attempted to form a unified force against the Syrian government. It joined the Levant Front in the summer of 2015, but left after a month. In spite of political differences between larger opposition groups such Ahrar al-Sham the brigade continued to work with them on the ground in Aleppo and surrounding areas against the Syrian Government and YPG.

In an interview the group's leader and founder Abu Muad when asked about his stance on the newly formed coalition of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, he claimed he supports it as long as they continue to fight the Syrian government.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Permanent Revolution Collective - The anti-imperialism of fools(the labor movement and counter-revolution in Syria)". www.revolucionpermanente.com. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  2. ^ Roche, Cody (5 December 2017). "The Trotskyist León Sedov Brigade in the Syrian Revolution". Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Revolutionaries for Hire - Mattia Salvia". 24 July 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2018.