|Native name||فارس البيوش|
1970 (age 47–48)|
Kafr Nabl, Idlib Governorate, Syria
|Years of service||1990–2011|
|Commands held||5th Corps chief of staff (2014)|
Military activities in the Syrian Air Force
In 1990, Fares Bayoush joined a Syrian Air Force technical institute and graduated as a lieutenant colonel in 1992. From there he became an aircraft engineer and an officer of the Syrian Air Force's 24th Brigade. He was stationed in the Deir ez-Zor Airport.
Syrian Civil War
On 1 April 2011, during the civil uprising phase of the Syrian Civil War, Fares Bayoush went from Deir ez-Zor and traveled to the town of Kafr Nabl in the Idlib Governorate. He returned to Deir ez-Zor and contacted other officers to organize a mutiny in the Deir ez-Zor Airbase. They were arrested by the Air Force Intelligence Directorate and transferred to the Mezzeh Military Airport under detainment.
Fares Bayoush and two other military officers were released in June 2012. The next month, they announced their defection from the Syrian Armed Forces and joined the Free Syrian Army. They then headed back to Deir ez-Zor to join the rebels there, where heavy clashes between the government and the rebels occurred.
He returned to the Idlib Governorate and joined the Knights of Justice Brigade. The group took part in the battles in the province, including the Battle of Maarrat al-Nu'man where Bayoush was wounded in action.
In December 2013, Fares Bayoush and Lt. Col. Ahmad al-Saud of the 13th Division were captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The two were released after pressure by other rebel groups, including the Idlib Military Council.
Later in 2014, the group received BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles from the United States. The Knights of Justice Brigade and other FSA groups in Idlib cooperated with al-Qaeda's al-Nusra Front. In September 2014, Fares Bayoush condemned the American-led intervention in Syria against the ISIL and the al-Nusra Front. In an interview in 2015, Bayoush stated that "We have to work with Nusra Front and other groups to fight the regime and Daesh". In late 2015, the Knights of Justice Brigade and other FSA groups such as the Mountain Hawks Brigade, both supported by the US, were targeted with Russian airstrikes during the Russian military intervention in Syria.
Political activities and resignation
- "Lieutenant Colonel Fares Al-Baioush: FSA is composed of free men defending their cause". RFS Media Office. 2 February 2017.
- Mohammad Nemr (30 September 2014). "FSA: No terror is comparable to Assad's terror". Al-Monitor.
- "LIWA FURSAN'S MODERATE SYRIAN FIELD COMMANDER LT. COLONEL FARES AL-BAYOUSH". Jamestown. 29 February 2016.
- Paraszczuk, Joanna (1 January 2014). "Syria: ISIS Releases First Free Syrian Army Prisoner, Lt Col Ahmad Saoud". Carnegie Middle East Center. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
- Nabih Bulos (12 October 2015). "A 'kaleidoscopic' mix of rebel alliances on Syria's battlefield". Los Angeles Times.
- "First Day of Syria Peace Talks Quickly Descends Into Quarreling". The New York Times. 23 January 2017.
- "The resignation of a leader of the «army Idlib free» to face the «black banners of cross-border»". Al-Hayat. 2 February 2017.