About the Brigade
The Sham Falcons are a brigade fighting the tyrannical regime of Bashar Al Assad. It was established early in the protests with the aim of putting an end to the regime’s crimes and the bloodshed. This is done by protecting the peaceful civilians who are constantly exposed to the criminal state’s fire, which spares neither the elderly nor the children.
The group was initially composed of a small band of troops (Sariyah) who founded the "Sham Falcons" battalion (Katibah) in September. The battalion consists of many fighters ranging from young fighters to regime army deserters who left the criminal regime’s army and joined the revolution to defend their friends and families after witnessing the injustices of the regime.
The battalion was originally formed consisting of two wings:
1 / The civilian wing, which is the primary wing. It consists of all the revolutionaries and individuals dedicated to the revolution, with the aim of defending the people, their property, and their honor. This branch is headed by "Ahmad Al Shaykh", more commonly known by Abu Issa. Abu Issa, who is from the village of Sarjeh in Jabal Al Zawiyah. He is the original founder of the battalion and the primary commander of the entire battalion. He is accompanied by an advisory council (majless el shourah).
2 / The military wing, which is composed of a group of officers and soldiers who defected from the regime army. This wing acts independently but relies on the advice of the civilian wing. This wing has since the start, ensured the safety of the battalion and fulfilled their need for supplies, ammunition, food, and shelter. The wing also serves as a media department providing material to the media outlets. The material includes but is not limited to operations conducted by the rebels and revolutionaries against the regime.
The battalion extends to cover more than one third of the province of Idlib and sections of the Hama suburbs. The largest concentration of troops covers regions of Jabal Al Zawiyah, Khan Shaykhoon, Ariha, Saraqib, Idlib, Sarmine, Al Ghab, and the suburbs of Maarat Al-Nouman. The number of units inside the battalion has reached well over 50 units.
Given the geographic expansion of this battalion and the increasing number of fighters affiliated with it, it was declared, in the evolution of the battalion, that the battalion "Brigade Shams Falcons" composed of over 10 combat units under its command, scattered across the Idlib province, as well as other units that joined the ranks of the brigade, and are linked to other provinces such as Aleppo, Damascus, Latakia and others.
The brigade can now proudly claim that its battalions and companies completed an impressive number of military operations against the army of the tyrant Al Assad, inflicting great losses on the traitorous regime army.
The Sham Falcons Brigade considers the Syrian regime as its enemy. The regime has shown its betrayal and has plotted against its own people. They do this primarily by taking peaceful civilians as targets and by killing them brutally and indiscriminately. Thusly the primary objective is to protect peaceful demonstrations against the Assad militia and the security agents and shabiha.
For its fight, the brigade embarked on military operations in defense of the people, such as ambushes on the main roads to prevent state officials from reaching areas where protests and demonstrations are in effect. It also contributes to the protection of activists, journalists and politicians sought by the regime by providing shelter and safe haven to these people as they are the engine of popular protest in the region.
After the regime began increasing its military atrocities and availed itself to violence in an attempt to quell the protests in Idlib by forming military roadblocks throughout the region and preventing the free movement of citizens, the Brigade changed its policy and went on the offensive by using guerrilla actions. The brigade resorted to using weapons of fortunes (shotguns, small mines, Molotov cocktail, guns ...) to ambush the regime army and to create pressure on them by cutting their supply routes.
However, the brigade’s stance remained the same. Even these "offensive" actions were to liberate the region and allow free movement for citizens. Thus the general policy of the brigade remained the same: to defend and protect the rights of the oppressed people, and all operations launched by the brigade were at regions penetrated unfairly by the regime army.
So far we have not seen a rise in military commitment to the brigade by the defected soldiers. This is because they have not dared to take the responsibility of fighting against the regime, and instead sought asylum in neighboring countries with the exception of a select few, who remained on the ground and fight to defend their people, even giving their lives for the cause.
Due to the intense pressure forced upon the people by the regime army in the province of Idlib, and in particular, Jabal Alzawiyah, The Sham Falcons brigade has made a significant number of military operations.
One of the most important operations that were carried out by the brigade was an ambush of armored vehicles headed from Hamidiya and Maarat Al-Nouman that were headed there to suppress peaceful demonstrations and to arrest the anti-regime activists. The city of Maarat Al-Nouman was then one of the most important centers of protest in this period. The targeted attack lead to the destruction of a BMP tank, a Zell military transport truck, a jeep and killed over 15 agents of the regime.
Another important operation was the attack on the regime army after they formed an offensive on the city of Ariha. The Sham Falcons brigade answered the cry for help by the unarmed civilians of the city despite the lack of equipment and weaponry. The brigade fought the Assad army for three days and prevented them from entering the city. The attack led to heavy losses from the regime army. A high ranking officer was killed and more than four T72 tanks were destroyed as well as four transport vehicles and a BMP tank. The attack however had to be stopped due to a lack of ammunition, and the brigade withdrew from the town of Ariha.
Many other important activities were conducted such as the participation of the brigade in the battle of Bab Al Hawaa and the liberation of several cities of Jabal Al Zawiyah by invading and destroying military bases and cutting off their supply routes.