Quwat al-Ridha

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Quwat al-Ridha
قوات الرضا
Participant in the Syrian Civil War
Active2013 – present[1]
IdeologyTwelver Shia Islam
Area of operationsHoms Governorate
Rif Dimashq Governorate
Aleppo Governorate
Daraa Governorate
Size20,000 claimed (August 2015)[2]
Part of Syrian Hezbollah (fa)
Allies Syrian Armed Forces
National Defense Force
Opponent(s) Free Syrian Army
Islamic Front
al-Nusra Front
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Battles and war(s)Syrian Civil War

The Al-Ridha Forces (Arabic: قوات الرضاQuwat al-Ridha) are a Hezbollah-trained and organized pro-government Syrian militia.[1][3] Its members belong to Syria's small Twelver Shia community, mainly from the Homs region.[2] Its name refers to Shia Imam Ali al-Ridha[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Quwat al-Ridha: Syrian Hezbollah". Joshua Landis. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Syrian Shiites Take Up Arms in Support of Assad's Army". US News. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Hezbollah: Quwat al-Ridha". Jihad Intel. Retrieved 29 December 2015.