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Local Defense Forces (Syria)

Quwat ad-Difāʿ al-Mahalli

Last modified: 2019-06-05 by zoltán horváth
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Overview

Besides the well-known National Defence Forces (NDF) that were set up in 2012 with oversight from Iran to act as a counter-insurgency force and auxiliary militia network for the Syrian army, there exists a similarly named but distinct set of militias specific to the Aleppo area known as the Local Defence Forces (Quwat al-Difa' al-Mahalli- LDF). In brief, the LDF consists of a variety of local militias such as Katibat al-Nayrab al-Maham al-Khasa (The Nayrab Battalion- Special Operations), Liwa al-Baqir (The Baqir Brigade), Fawj al-Safira (The Safira Regiment) and Fawj Nubl wa al-Zahara' (The Nubl and Zahara' Regiment). These names mostly refer to areas and towns in the vicinity of Aleppo city, but Liwa al-Baqir is named after the fifth Shi'i imam Muhammad al-Baqir.
Source: http://www.aymennjawad.org/18859/the-local-defence-forces-regime-auxiliary-forces
Bill Garrison, 1 May 2018


Saraya al-Muqawama

image located by Bill Garrison, 1 May 2018

Saraya al-Muqawama [The Resistance Brigades] one of the units in the Local Defense Forces [in Syria].
Source: https://www.meforum.org/articles/2018/who-are-iran-s-80,000-shi-ite-fighters-in-syria
Bill Garrison, 1 May 2018