Jerusalem Brigade (al-Quds al-Filastini Brigade) (Syria)

Country: Syria
Details of Formation: According to one news source, the Jerusalem Brigade was formed by men from the Nayrab Palestinian refugee camp. Another news source alleges that the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, a faction which is strong in the Nayrab refugee camp, organized fighters who joined local NDF militias, which in turn coalesced into the Jerusalem Brigade in September 2013.
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Purpose: The main purpose of the Jerusalem Brigade is to support the Syrian army in the fight against rebels in the context of the Syrian civil war.
Organisation: The Jerusalem Brigade fights alongside the Syrian military and other pro-government militias. While the army is fighting, the Jerusalem Brigade is backing them, cleaning up, consolidating gains and protecting their flanks. Its joint operations with the Syrian army are reportedly conducted under supervision of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. The Brigade is led by Muhammed al-Sa’eed (also known as “The Engineer”) who is a native of the Nayrab refugee camps. Al-Sa’eed is also a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command. The Jersualem Brigade is under Al-Sa’eed’s direct command.
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Reason for Membership: Members were motivated by a complex mix of tribal and clan loyalties, adding to a strong sense of nationalism. Additionally, many refugees who joined the Brigade were infuriated by the rebel siege on the Nayrab refugee camp.
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Other Information: The Jerusalem Brigade is also known as al-Quds al-Filastini Brigade or Liwa al-Quds. Most members of the Jerusalem Brigade are Sunni Palestinians from refugee camps in Syria.
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD