5th Corps (Syrian rebel group)

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5th Corps
Arabic: فيلق الخامس
Participant in the Syrian civil war
Logo of the 5th Corps
Logo of the 5th Corps
Active 7 September 2014[1] – late 2014 (defunct)
Ideology Syrian nationalism[2]
Headquarters Maarrat al-Nu'man and Kafr Nabl
Area of operations
Size Few thousand[2]
Part of

Syrian opposition Free Syrian Army

Syrian Revolutionary Command Council
Battles and wars

Syrian Civil War

The 5th Corps (Arabic: فيلق الخامس‎) was an alliance of five Syrian rebel groups that was formed during the Syrian Civil War in September 2014. All five units were affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, used the Syrian independence flag as their symbol, and received BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles from the US-backed “Friends of Syria Group" and the Supreme Military Council.[2]

The 5th Corps was headed by Lieutenant Colonel Fares Bayoush, who also led one of its component groups, the Knights of Justice Brigade. Despite being supported by the US, the group condemned the American-led intervention in Syria against ISIL and the al-Nusra Front.[3] The alliance became defunct by the end of 2014.[4]



In November 2014, three of the five groups that constituted the 5th Corps joined a new, more Islamist-oriented, rebel alliance called the "Gathering of Rebels in Southern Idlib" based in Maarat al-Nu'man.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Merger of Five Rebel Factions into the Fifth Corps". National Coalition of Syrian and Revolutionary Forces. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "The Moderate Rebels: A Complete and Growing List of Vetted Groups". Democratic Revolution, Syrian Style. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Mohammad Nemr (30 September 2014). "FSA: No terror is comparable to Assad's terror". Al-Monitor. 
  4. ^ "The Moderate Rebels: A Complete and Growing List of Vetted Groups". Hassan Mustafas. 22 November 2014. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Announced the unification of the Free Army factions of the southern countryside of Idlib". AlSouria.net. 20 November 2014. 

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