19th Division (Syrian rebel group)
الفرقة 19Participant in the Syrian Civil War
|Leaders||Lt. Col. Muhammad Abdel Qader Bakur (nom de guerre: "Abu Bakr")|
|Area of operations||Aleppo Governorate|
|Part of||Army of Mujahideen|
|Battles and war(s)||Syrian Civil War|
The 19th Division (Arabic: الفرقة 19) was a Syrian rebel group which fought in the Syrian Civil War. The group was created in June 2013 in the western countryside of the Aleppo Governorate as a part of a foreign-funded project to unify local Free Syrian Army-affiliated factions into bigger factions.
In September 2012, the Ansar Brigade (Arabic: لواء الانصار, Liwa al-Ansar) was formed as part of the Mutasim Billah Brigades in the western Aleppo countryside. The group was known for producing improvised fighting vehicles. In June 2013, the group joined several other rebel groups in the area and formed the 19th Division.
In late June 2013, a rebel court in Darat Izza arrested a media activist after he criticized Lt. Col. Muhammad Bakur, commander of the Ansar Brigade of the 19th Division. The arrest was condemned by an opposition court in Atarib, which demanded the Darat Izza court to release him.
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