Jaysh al-Sanaded [Arabic: Army of the Stronger] is a local tribal militia that was formed in 2013 and it is mainly present in the North West of Syria or in Jazira Canton which is part of Rojava [Syrian Kurdistan], the militia consists of Sunni Arabs from the tribe of Shammer which has a population of 500,000 and they are located in North west of Syria and Northern Iraq, historically it’s one of the most influential Arab tribes in the Middle East.
Jaysh al-Sanaded logo / Facebook
The tribe is led by Sheikh Hamidi al-Daham al-Hadi who is the leader of the Shammer tribe in Syria and he is the governor of Jazira Canton alongside Akram Hesso.
Sheikh Hamidi al-Daham al-Hadi / Facebook
Jaysh al-Sanaded is commanded Bandar al-Hamidi and his deputy Yawer al-Hamidi, the militia has participated in many battles alongside the Kurdish YPG & YPJ against Islamic State, they have managed to defeat the Islamic State in Tall Hamis, Tell Brak and Yaroubiya border crossing. Jaysh al-Sanaded is a defensive force which consist of 3,000 fighters and is objected to defend Jazira Canton and to guard the Syria-Iraq border.
Jaysh al-Sanaded fighters / Facebook
The Shammar tribe's FSA brigade, Liwa Ahrar al-Jazira [LAJ] which had around 1,500 fighters, was expelled from Yaroubiya in mid-October 2014 by YPG and Jaysh al-Sanaded, following the allegations of corruption by Islamic State. The YPG used the local resentment against IS to dominate the town.
Jaysh al-Sanaded patrolling / Facebook
Refworld, Kurdish Strategy Towards Ethnically-Mixed Areas in the Syrian Conflict (English) – [http://www.refworld.org/docid/52aef0e34.html]
Facebook, Sanadeed (Arabic) –[https://www.facebook.com/pages/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B5%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%AF/1403602203263011]