• Iliyas Campbell

Rebel factions merged to unify ranks

Three rebel factions operating in the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army have merged on Friday, seeking to close ranks and form a unified military body.

The Sultan Mohamed Al-Fateh Division, Samarkand Brigade, and Al-Waqqas Brigade will be united under the banner of Division 13, which is affiliated with the First Corps, the National Army said in statement.


The Syrian National Army, formed in 2017, is an umbrella group in northern Syria consisting of an assortment of rebel forces. Many of the group’s factions, made up largely of Arab fighters, had already fought at Turkey’s behest in two previous military operations over the past three years.

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