Ansar al-Sharia (Syria)
أنصار الشريعةParticipant in the Syrian Civil War
|Active||2 July 2015–Late 2015/early 2016 (defunct)|
|Area of operations||Aleppo Governorate, Syria|
|Opponent(s)||Syrian Armed Forces|
|Battles and war(s)||Syrian Civil War|
Ansar al-Sharia (Arabic: أنصار الشريعة, lit. 'Partisans of Islamic Law') was a joint operations room of Sunni Islamist and Salafist rebel factions that operate in Aleppo, Syria. Its stated aim is seizing the city of Aleppo from the Syrian government in order to administer the city under Sharia law on the basis of a joint charter.
In an October 2015 publication, the Washington D.C.-based Institute for the Study of War considered Ansar al-Sharia as one of the "powerbrokers" in Aleppo Governorate, being primarily "anti-regime" but not necessarily "anti-ISIS".
- Al-Nusra Front
- Mujahideen of Islam Movement
- Supporters of the Caliphate Brigade
- Ahrar ash-Sham
- 1st Regiment
- Ansar al-Din Front
- Dawn of the Caliphate Brigades
- Sultan Murad Brigade
- Saraya al-Mee’ad
- Companions Battalion
- Soldiers of God Battalion
- "Rebel and Islamist groups form (another) op room "Ansar Al-Shariah" to take Aleppo city and its countryside". Reddit. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
- "Peto Lucem". Twitter.
- "Syria military resists major rebel assault in Aleppo". BBC News. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
- Cafarella & Casagrande 2015, p. 3.
- Cafarella & Casagrande 2015, pp. 14 f.
- Cafarella, Jennifer; Casagrande, Genevieve (7 October 2015). "Syrian Opposition Guide" (PDF). Backgrounder. Institute for the Study of War.