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What is the Liwa’a Abu Fadl al-Abbas (LAFA)?: Assessing Syria’s Shia “International Brigade” Through Their Social Media Presence

Making its first appearances in the fall of 2012, Liwa’a Abu Fadl al-Abbas (Abu Fadl al-Abbas Brigades or LAFA) represents a new addition to the Syrian battlefield and serves as another example of increased sectarianism in the Syrian Civil War. The organization claims its role is to defend the Sayida Zaynab Shrine and surrounding Shia populated neighborhoods located in southern Damascus.[1] The group is made-up of a mixture of a small number of native Syrian Shia with a majority of foreign Shia Muslim fighters.

LAFA has also maintained an outward appearance which mirrors the same type of spirit once found with the volunteer International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War. Despite the presented narrative, this does not necessitate the group is an ad hoc collection of individual Shia Muslims. The group heavily utilizes fighters originating from Iranian-backed organizations (such as Iraq’s Kata’ib Hizballah and Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq), has uniformed personnel, new weapons, a recognizable leadership structure, and openly identifies with Lebanese Hizballah. These factors point to an extremely organized fighting group and deeper levels of Iranian involvement in the organization.

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Iraqi Fighters

By Phillip Smyth

Reports of Iraqi Shia involvement in the Syrian Civil War surged from January-May, 2013.[1] In March, the first photos and bios of Iraqi Shia killed during the fighting were released. Many of these announcements, photos of those killed, and other information received much broader coverage after it was spread on forums and Facebook pages. Thus far, the only two Iraqi groups to have announced they have lost members have been Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (League of the Righteous) and Kata’ib Hizballah (Hizballah Brigades).

It should be mentioned that Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq has not announced on its official webpage that it has had any “Martyrs” in recent months. Nevertheless, the group has set-up funeral processions for its dead in major Iraqi cities. In sharp contrast to Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq’s lacking web announcements; Kata’ib Hizballah updates its webpage regularly and in a more detailed fashion, regarding the fate of its members who have been killed and their funerals. Both Kata’ib Hizballah and Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, like their Lebanese counterpart, Hizballah, do not mention where these fighters were killed. Regardless, on most forums and Facebook pages, those who post comments are generally aware that the two groups are actively involved in fighting in Syria.

Created during the height of Coalition operations during the Iraq War, together, Kata’ib Hizballah and Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq have received extensive assistance from Lebanese Hizballah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp.[2] Both Iraqi groups are also major supporters of Iranian Revolutionary Islamist ideology (Wilayat al-Faqih).[3]

Name: Sa’ad Abed al-Qadr Abu Shamia’

Affiliated With: Kata’ib Hizballah

Death Announced: March 17, 2013

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Name: Ahmed Mahdi al-Shuweili (A.K.A. Qassim Abu Mahdi)

Affiliated With: Kata’ib Hizballah

Death Announced: March 15, 2013

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http://jihadology.ne...n-syria-part-1/

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The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that Syria's two-year civil war has reached a death toll of 120,000. According to Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Observatory, 41,000 of those believed killed are Alawites, the same sect as president Bashar al-Assad. Abdulrahman, a Syrian expatriate, states that Alawite death figures were confirmed by eight different sources. "We believe the real figure of those killed from both sides is above 120,000 because both sides are being discreet on their casualties," Abdulrahman said.

I wonder how many of the 120,000 casualties are actual Syrian, Iraqi, and Lebanese Ithna 'Ashari Shi'i. May Allah (s) hasten the arrival of Imam al-Qa'im (a).

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World Net Daily, 10May'13, "Foreign Fighters Wreak Havoc onSyria"

--54 of Syria's 124 hospitals have been destroyed; they were looted, vandalized, car bombed and staff and patients are being murdered by the FSA.

The Syrian gov't needs all the help it can get. :yaali:

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Iraqis mourn 2 Shiite fighters killed in Syria

BASRA, Iraq: Hundreds of Iraqis in a southern city have attended the funeral of two Shiite fighters killed in Syria.

In Basra, mourners on Friday carried the coffin of Mohammed Aboud, who they say was killed by a sniper fire near the shrine of Sayida Zeinab outside the capital of Damascus five days before.

The coffin of the other slain fighter, Hassan Ali, was rushed to Baghdad at the start of the funeral. Relatives said both bodies were transported from Syria via Iran before being returned to Iraq.

The coffin of the other slain fighter, Hassan Ali, was rushed to Baghdad at the start of the funeral. Relatives said both bodies were transported from Syria via Iran before being returned to Iraq.

Aboud's uncle Ali Abbas said that the family received a phone call from a Shiite fighter in Syria informing that his nephew was killed during clashes near the shrine.

"We are proud of our martyr who was sacrificed his life while defending the religion, holy shrines and righteousness," Abbas said.

For months Iraqi Shiite fighters have trickled into Syria, where mostly Sunni rebels are fighting a regime dominated by a Shiite offshoot sect. Their relatives say they are drawn by a sense of religious duty to protect the Sayida Zeinab shrine.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/iraqis-mourn-2-shiite-fighters-killed-syria-084742427.html

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Dispatch from the video that Thurston posted

The golden cupola of the Sayyida Zainab mosque glints, magnificent, against the clear sky. In the courtyard, children play amid shoes shed by their parents before they entered to pray. Only the crack of gunfire, the hissing of bullets overhead and mortar fire close by disturbs the tranquil setting.

The front line in south-east Damascus now lies at the gates of one of the holiest sites for Shia Islam, the resting place of the granddaughter of the Prophet Mohammed.

In the abandoned apartment blocks, some less than 100 yards away, fighters from the al-Qaeda-affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra train their sniper sights on the wrought iron entrance to the shrine.

Here, soldiers and pro-government militiamen stand their ground. A concrete hideout has been built beside the main entrance to the shrine and sandbag defences mark forward positions beside shuttered market stalls.

Across from the main entrance a road is barricaded with thick stone blocks that mark the end of government held terrain.

Read the whole thing here http://www.telegraph...n-Damascus.html

About the Iraqi martyrs from the AP report yesterday

Name: Ala’a Muhsen Shahib al-Tamimi

Affiliated With: Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq/Liwa’a Abu Fadl al-Abbas

Death Announced: May 15, 2013. His death was first announced on Facebook.

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Name: Ali Abdul al-Wahid ‘Awlan

Affiliated With: Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq/Liwa’a Abu Fadl al-Abbas

Death Announced: May 15, 2013. His death was first announced on Facebook on May 16, 2013.

Notes: Iran’s Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is pictured on the right and Iraqi cleric Grand Ayatollah Muhammed Sadiq al-Sadr is pictured on the left.

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Name: Muhammed Aboud al-Maliki (A.K.A. Mohammed Aboud)

Affiliated With: Liwa’a Abu Fadl al-Abbas

Death Announced: May 17, 2013. Funeral held on May 17, 2013.

Notes: According to Elaph.com, Muhammed Aboud al-Maliki was a 27 year old Iraqi from Basra. Elaph also said he was not claimed by any Iraqi organization as a member. It was also reported by the Associated Press that Aboud went to Iran before heading to fight in Syria. Maliki’s body and that of fellow fighter Hassan Ali Farhud were also transferred back to Iraq via Iran. Since it was announced he was killed fighting around Damascus’s Zaynab Shrine, it is possible he was fighting as a member of Liwa’a Abu Fadl al-Abbas. One released photo of Muhammed Aboud al-Maliki, which was posted on pro-Lebanese Hizballah and pro-Liwa’a Abu Fadl al Abbas Facebook pages, also claimed he belonged to Liwa’a Abu Fadl al-Abbas.

The released photo may also point to al-Maliki’s training influences. Holding the magazine of the rifle is a common fire-control technique used by Hizballah and is featured in a number of their propaganda videos.

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Name: Hassan Ali Farhud

Affiliated With: Liwa’a Abu Fadl al-Abbas* (?)

Death Announced: May 17, 2013. Funeral held on May 17, 2013.

Notes: According to Al-Sumaria News, Farhud was a 32 year old from Basra, Iraq. His body, along with Muhammed Aboud al-Maliki (see above) were returned to Iraq via Iran. It is unknown whether he engaged in training in Iran or which group he served with. Since it was reported he was killed fighting around the Zaynab Shrine in Damascus, it can be assumed he was part of Liw’a Abu Fadl al-Abbas. At the time this was written, no photos of Farhud were released.

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Name: Diya Mutasher al-Issawi

Affiliated With: Liwa’a Abu Fadl al-Abbas

Death Announced: May 5, 2013. Funeral held on May 6, 2013.

Notes: The Iraq-based Buratha News Agency reported the 30 year old was originally from Iraq’s Basra province. Issawi was not claimed by any Iraqi party as a member. Also, it is unknown whether Issawi was trained in Iran or elsewhere.

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Link http://jihadology.net/2013/05/17/hizballah-cavalcade-roundup-of-iraqis-killed-in-syria-part-2/

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