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Syrian Turkmen Brigades (Syria)

Syrian Turkmen Army - Suriye Türkmen Ordusu/Cephesi

Last modified: 2021-10-16 by ian macdonald
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[Syrian Turkmen Brigades] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 29 May 2016

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The Turkish newspaper "Sabah" reported on 29 November 2015 the death of Ahmed Abdullah, a member of the Syrian Turkmen Brigades, a group fighting the Syrian government in the Bayırbucak region. The region, which has a long border with Turkey and a dominant Syrian Turkmen majority, is regularly targeted by Russian air raids.
The flag is celestial blue with white charges: a crescent and star and the shahada along the top of the flag.  - Sabah, 29 November 2015 - Twitter; 1 December 2015
Ivan Sache, 28 May 2016

The Syrian Turkmen Brigades (also called the Syrian Turkmen Army) (Turkish: Suriye Türkmen Ordusu/Cephesi) had already been mentioned here in the "Syrian Civil War 2011-onwards" section but no flag had been identified up to now. It is the military wing of the Syrian Turkmen Assembly.
Esteban Rivera, 28 May 2016

Another flag used by the Brigades is celestial blue with a white crescent and star and a thin vertical white stripe placed close to the hoist. This flag was reported by Tomislav Todoroviæ among the flags of the Syrian Democratic Turkmen Movement.
The flag was seen during the press conference of t1he Syria Turkmen Revolutionary Military Council announcing the unification of all Turkmen brigades in northern Syria.
Accordingly, this flag could be more "official" that the flag  inscribed with the "shahada". It seems to be used only in military contexts (but, unfortunately, there is little chance of seeing in another context). It might be "re-assessed" as the flag of the Syrian Turkmen Brigades.
Ivan Sache, 29 May 2016

"The Syrian Turkmen Brigades, also called the United Turkmen Army (Turkish: Birleşik Türkmen Ordusu), represent a wide spectrum of ideologies from Islamism to secular right-wing Turkish nationalism, often in affiliation with the Turkish terrorist “Grey Wolves” organization. They are composed of dozens of divisions and brigades and trained by the SADAT International Defense Consultancy company (known as Erdogan’s Black Water-type private militias). They have recruited not only local Arabs and Turkomans but also Turks and Turkic people from North Caucasus, Central Asia and beyond."
Bill Garrison, 26 September 2021

Suleyman Sah Birligi militia

[Suleyman Sah Birligi militia] image located by Bill Garrison, 26 September 2021

The blue flag of "Suleyman Sah Birligi" (Turkey militia in Syria) with white-color imagery; c. Oct. 2020. The logo of the Suleyman Shah Union consists of the traditional crescent and star with two arrows on either side. On the fletching of the arrow, we can read the word ''Turk'' in the old Turkic Orkhon alphabet, which is usually used by Turkish nationalists. The blue-and-white colours are commonly used by Syrian Turkmen.
Bill Garrison, 26 September 2021