Jabhat al-Akrad

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Liwa' Jabhat al-'Akrad
(لواء جبهة الأكراد)
Participant in Syrian civil war
Jabhat al-akrad logo.jpeg
Former official logo of Jabhat al-Akrad
Leaders Hajji Ahmed Kurdi[1]
Area of
operations
Aleppo Governorate, Raqqa Governorate
Strength 7,000 claimed[1]
Allies Syria Free Syrian Army (formerly)
Ala kurdên rojava.svg Democratic Union Party
Opponents Al-Nusra Front
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Islamic Front
Syria Free Syrian Army

Jabhat al-Akrad (Arabic: جبهة الأكراد‎), also known as the Kurdish Front Brigade (Arabic: لواء جبهة الأكراد لنصرة شعبنا السوريLiwa' Jabhat al-'Akrad l-Nusrah Shaʿbnā al-Sūrī, English: Kurdish Front Brigade to Protect the Syrian People, Kurdish: Cebhet El-Ekrad), is a predominantly Kurdish armed faction participating in the Syrian civil war.

The group was originally formed as a brigade of the Free Syrian Army by Kurdish and Arab defectors from the Syrian Army. It has also maintained close ties to the PKK-linked Democratic Union Party (PYD) since its founding, including military coordination with its armed wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG). Jabhat al-Akrad operates in Kurdish and ethnically-mixed areas in Syria's Aleppo and Raqqa provinces, mainly outside of the quasi-autonomous Kurdish enclaves in Kurd Dagh, Jazira, and the Ayn al-Arab (Kobanê) area which are controlled by the YPG. These areas include the countryside north and east of Aleppo city, Aleppo city itself, the area of Tall Abyad in northern Raqqa province, and Raqqa city itself.

Jabhat al-Akrad was expelled from the FSA Aleppo Military Council on 16 August 2013 due to alleged PKK affiliations[2] amid widespread clashes in northern Syria between predominantly Sunni Arab rebel groups—led by units affiliated to al-Qaida—and Kurdish militia led by the YPG.

In 2014, Jabhat al-Akrad collaborated with Free Syrian Army and other rebel factions to attacks against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. On Feb. 28, ISIS withdrew from the strategic border town of Azaz, which was then taken by Jabhat al-Akrad, the Northern Storm Brigade and Liwa al-Tawhid.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Civiroglu, Mutlu (11 August 2013). "Kurdish Commander: Jihadi Groups in Syria Have Hijacked FSA". Rudaw English. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ van Wilgenburg, Wladimir (16 August 2013). "FSA Removes Jabhat al-Akrad From Council". Transnational Middle-East Observer. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  3. ^ van Wilgenburg, Wladimir (March 27, 2014). "Syrian Kurds, rebels find common enemy in ISIS". Al Monitor. Retrieved 23 April 2014.