Tansiqiyat al-Jihad


Tansiqiyat al-Jihad was formed in early 2020 by a veteran rebel commander named Abu al-Abd Ashidaa who had formed a group in 2012 called the Ashida Battalion.* The Ashida Battalion first fought within Suqour al-Sham, then joined Ahrar al-Sham from 2013 until 2016, before joining Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in 2017.* HTS arrested Abu al-Abd Ashidaa in September 2019, dissolving his group, before releasing him in early 2020 amid rapid regime advances in northwest Syria. * Upon his release, Ashidaa formed Tansiqiyat al-Jihad and was a founding member of Hurras al-Din (HaD)’s new “So be Steadfast” operations room in June 2020.* However, in the subsequent fighting between HaD and HTS later that year, HTS dismantled Tansiqiyat and the group no longer exists in any meaningful way.*


Abu al-Abd Ashidaa, aka Abd al-Mu’in Kahhal (leader)*

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Recruitment and Propaganda


Violent Activities

Tansiqiyat al-Jihad was formed after the March 2020 ceasefire in northwest Syria, and therefore has not participated in any major violent activities.


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