National Front for Liberation

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National Front for Liberation
جبهة الوطنية للتحرير
Jabhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir
Participant in the Syrian Civil War
National Front for Liberation logo.png
Logo of the National Front for Liberation
Flag of the National Front for Liberation
Active28 May 2018 – present
AllegianceSyrian opposition Syrian Interim Government

Since August 2018:

  • Col. Fadlallah al-Haji (top commander and Sham Legion)[7]

Since August 2018:

  • Ahmad Sarhan ("Abu Satif") (first deputy and Suqour al-Sham Brigades)[8]
  • Walid al-Mushayil ("Abu Hashim") (second deputy and Jaysh al-Ahrar)[8]
  • Anad al-Darwish ("Abu al-Munathir") (chief of staff and Ahrar al-Sham)[8]

May–August 2018:

  • Lt. Col. Suhaib Leoush (deputy commander and Free Idlib Army)[7]
  • Maj. Muhammad Mansour (chief of staff and Army of Victory)[7]
Area of operationsNorthwestern Syria
Size70,000 (claimed)[9][better source needed]
Part of Free Syrian Army
Allies Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army
Opponent(s) Syria
Syrian Democratic Forces[11]
Tahrir al-Sham (since 2019)
Battles and war(s)Syrian Civil War

The National Front for Liberation (Arabic: جبهة الوطنية للتحرير‎, Jabhat al-Wataniya lil-Tahrir) is a Syrian rebel coalition identifying as part of the Free Syrian Army fighting in the Syrian Civil War. The group was formed by 11 rebel factions in northwestern Syria in May 2018,[12] and was officially announced on 28 May 2018. The formation receives major support from Turkey.[10]


Initially between 28 May and 1 August 2018, Colonel Fadlallah al-Haji of the Sham Legion was appointed as the group's overall commander, Lieutenant Colonel Suhaib Leoush of the Free Idlib Army as its deputy commander, and Major Muhammad Mansour of the Army of Victory as its chief of staff.[7]

On 1 August, Ahmad Sarhan ("Abu Satif") of the Suqour al-Sham Brigades and Walid al-Mushayil ("Abu Hashim") of Jaysh al-Ahrar were named as the group's new first and second deputy commanders, respectively, while Walid al-Mushayil ("Abu Hashim") of Ahrar al-Sham was appointed chief of staff.[8]


On 4 June 2018, the Martyrs of Islam Brigade, part of the National Front for Liberation, joined the Sham Legion, also part of the NFL.[13]

On 1 August, the Syrian Liberation Front, which was formed by Ahrar al-Sham and the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement in February 2018, as well as Jaysh al-Ahrar and the Damascus Gathering joined the formation.[8]

On 5 August, the NFL arrested 45 people accused of attempting to reconcile with the Syrian government in al-Ghab Plain and Mount Shashabo in the western Hama countryside.[14] On 13 August, the crackdown campaign was expanded to Maarat al-Nu'man and Ariha.[15]

On 9 August, the NFL's Sham Legion launched an attack on a People's Protection Units (YPG) cell in the southeastern Afrin countryside, killing 4 YPG fighters and capturing small arms and ammunition.[11]

On 14 August, the group released a video showing the training of its self-proclaimed "Unit 82 SWAT Forces".[3] On the same day, a group of around 200 fighters formed the Free Hayan Brigade and joined the NFL in order to "unite factions", "fight forces of the Syrian regime", and avoid rebel infighting.[4] The next day, the Free North Brigade which operates around the same area also joined the NFL.[5] On 27 August, the Imam Ali Battalion joined the Free North Brigade.[6]

On 26 March 2019, The National Liberation Front released a statement declaring its rejection and condemnation of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel.[16]

Member groups[edit]

See also[edit]


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