Faylaq al-Rahman’s decline in East Ghouta

Formed in November of 2013 in Damascus governorate, Faylaq al-Rahman is one of the larger groups operating in East Ghouta representing the declining, more moderate section of Syrian rebellion. Faylaq al-Rahman was created by the merger of Liwa al-Bara (Bara Brigade) and Liwa Abu Musa al-Ash’ari (Abu Musa al-Ash’ari Brigade) under the leadership of defected Syrian Arab Army captain and leader of Liwa al-Bara Abdul Nasser Shmeir (Abu Nasr).

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How did Syrian war affect Sunni Cretan Greek community and Al-Hamidiyah

Sunni Cretan Greeks are a small community mainly located in the town of Al-Hamidiyah, Tartous governorate. In 2004 according to the Syrian Central Bureau of Statistics Al-Hamidiyah had a population of 7400, Sunni Cretan Greeks constituting around 3500 of town’s population. Al-Hamidiyah is located about 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) north of Lebanese border and 40 kilometers (24.8 miles) by car from Tripoli (Al-Mina), Lebanon another town where Cretan Muslims can be found. Cretan Muslims are composed of converted Cretan Greeks and Turks that settled on the island during Ottoman control.

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