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New al-Qaeda Affiliated Group in Syria, the Martyr Marwan Hadid Brigades is Aledgely Formed
By SITE Institute
March 2, 2005




A member of a jihadist message board that specializes in military training, using the name Abu Halima al-Suri (the Syrian) posted a message on March 2, 2005 claiming that militants have formed a new group, the Martyr Marwan Hadid Brigades in the country of Al Sham (the historical name for area of Syria and Lebanon).

Marwan Hadid established the At Tali'a al Muqatila (The Fighting Vanguard) in Hamah, in North-West Syria in 1965 and led terrorist attacks against the late Syrian president, Hafez Assad?s ruling Ba?th party, assassinating numerous party officials. Hadid also led the Syrian faction of the Muslim Brotherhood and challenged the accepted Sunni leadership in Syria, and eventually died in Syrian jail in 1976

News reports show that many fighters in Hadid?s group fought in Afghanistan against the Soviets, and Abdullah Azzam, bin Laden?s deceased spiritual mentor, recalls meeting with Hadid in Syria.

The alleged new group, the Martyr Marwan Hadid Brigades, pronounced their allegiance to bin Laden?s group: ?We also announce our loyalty to the al-Qaeda Organization and also our loyalty to its leader Sheikh Abu Abdullah (Usama bin Laden).? The group?s aim is to ?to be a feather in the military wing of the organization (al-Qaeda). Let us give the enemies of the nation the cup of death and humiliation.?


A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.

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