Syria Revolutionaries Front
|Syria Revolutionaries Front|
|جبهة ثوار سوريا
Participant in the Syrian Civil War
Logo of the SRF
|Active||December 2013–5 May 2015(northern branch)
December 2013–present(southern branch)
|Headquarters||Daraa Governorate, Syria|
|Area of operations||Daraa Governorate, Syria
|Battles and wars|
The Syria Revolutionaries Front (Arabic: جبهة ثوار سوريا, Jabhat Thowar Suriyya, SRF, also translated Syrian Rebel Front) is, according to Lebanon's Daily Star, an alliance of 14 more secular rebel brigades fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, formed in December 2013, thus according to Arutz Sheva further sidelining the FSA and its leadership Supreme Military Council. It was established as a response to the merger of Islamist Syrian rebels into the Islamic Front.
Following initial clashes, the Islamic Front and the Syrian Revolutionaries Front agreed to reconcile later that month. The coalition is spearheaded by Jamal Maarouf, head of the Syria Martyrs Brigade, a member of the SRF based in Jabal al-Zawiya, Idlib. The group has supported the Geneva II Middle East peace conference that is aimed at resolving the Syrian civil war. The group has received financial support from Saudi Arabia, while the United States has reportedly given the group only non-lethal aid like food, medicine and blankets, in part due to concerns over its involvement in smuggling and extortion.
100 members of a SRF subunit were killed in clashes with the Al-Nusra Front on 16 July 2014. In late October 2014 clashes erupted again between the SRF and Al-Nusra in the Jabal al-Zawiya region of Idlib, over the following days, dozens of SRF fighters defected to Nusra and the group lost control of numerous villages as they withdrew their forces from the region. Maarouf and some of his followers relocated to Turkey, however around half of his men in the region remained behind and accepted the change of control rather than fight.
On 5 May 2015, former members of the Hazzm Movement and the Syria Revolutionaries Front based in the north, Jabhat al-Akrad, the Dawn of Freedom Brigades and smaller FSA groups formed Jaysh al-Thuwar. Many of their northern members also dissolved into the Levant Front.
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