أحرار النجرانParticipant in the Yemeni Civil War (2015-present) and Saudi Arabian–Yemeni border conflict (2015–present)
Shia muslims interests
|Leaders||Tribal alliance, thus multiple leaders:
|Area of operations||Najran Region, Saudi Arabia|
Yemen (Supreme Political Council)
|Opponent(s)|| Saudi Arabia|
Yemen (Hadi government)
The Ahrar al-Najran (Arabic: أحرار النجران ʾAḥrār an-Najrān, "Free Ones of the Najran") movement is an alleged secessionist group in southern Saudi Arabia that arose in response to the Saudi-led intervention in the Yemeni civil war that started in 2015. Information on the alleged group has come almost exclusively from Iranian and allied Syrian media, with no independent corroboration on them. Since the summer of 2015 there have been no further reports on the alleged group.
The Najran Region, as well as the 'Asir and Jizan regions, was previously part of the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen and became a part of Saudi Arabia only in 1934, after the first Saudi-Yemeni war. Besides the eastern provinces in the country, the aforementioned province has an important Shia majority. When the Houthi uprising in Yemen started and Saudi Arabia eventually intervened, Najran as a border province became part of the clashes and tribal forces in the region began to form, with Ahrar Al-Najran reportedly being an alliance of them.
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