Jaysh al-Muwahhideen

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Jaysh al-Muwahhideen
Participant in the Syrian Civil War
Jaysh al-Muwahhideen Logo.jpg
Jaysh al-Muwahhideen logo
Civil flag of Jabal ad-Druze (1921-1936).svg
Druze flag used by Jaysh al-Muwahhideen
Active2013 – present
IdeologyProtects and upholds the interests and rights of the Druze sect in Syria[1]
LeadersAbu Ismail Ibrahim Al-Tamimi
Area of operationsAleppo Governorate, As-Suwayda Governorate, Deraa Governorate, Damascus Governorate
Allies Syrian Armed Forces
 Hezbollah
al-Abbas brigade
Ba'ath Brigades
Popular Committees[2]
Opponent(s)Syria Free Syrian Army
Islamic Front
Al-Nusra Front
Battles and war(s)Syrian Civil War
Daraa and As-Suwayda offensive (June 2015)

The Jaysh al-Muwahhideen or Jaysh Abu Ibrahim (Arabic: جيش الموحدين‎) is a Druze militia group in Syria. Their name means "Army of Monotheists" or "Army of Unitarians". The group mainly operates in the Suwayda, Deraa, Damascus and other regions where the Druze are concentrated and announced their formation in the beginning of 2013. The leadership describes the group as Unitarian Druze engaging in defensive war, but has also been described as supporters of Bashar al-Assad and his government. It operates largely in Jabal al-Arab or Mountain of the Arabs, also known as Jabal ad-Druze, a mountainous area of Suwayda governorate as well as the Jabal al-Sheikh area in Damascus governorate, areas primarily inhabited by Druze. The group was set up in response to attacks on Druze civilians. The group commemorates anti-colonial figures such as Sultan al-Atrash, who was a prominent Druze chieftain.[1][3][2]

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  1. ^ a b Aymenn Al-Tamimi (13 November 2013). "The Druze Militias of Southern Syria". Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b Aymenn Jawad (19 September 2014). "Suwayda Village Militias". Archived from the original on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  3. ^ Aymenn Jawad (15 November 2013). "More On The Druze Militias in Southern Syria". Retrieved 6 October 2014.