What is The Mu'tasim Brigade in Syria?

Published September 15th, 2019 - 06:32 GMT

The Mu'tasim Division, formerly the Mutasim Brigade is a Free Syrian Army faction active in the northern Aleppo Governorate, based in the town of Mare'. The group was named after al-Mu'tasim, an Abbasid caliph.

The Free Syrian Army faction was founded in 2015 during the Syrian Civil War. The brigade was named after the Abbasid caliph al-Mu'tasim. 

The Mu'tasim Brigade supports the political Syrian peace process and trained and equipped by the United States. However, it opposes the US–Russia peace proposals on Syria. 

The group called for "freedom and justice" and in 2016, the group had 500 fighters but this number doubled by 2017. 

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Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade shower after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade shower after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade react after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade react after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade react after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade react after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade react after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade react after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP

Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade shower after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade react after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade react after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade react after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade shower after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade shower after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade react after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade react after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade react after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade react after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade react after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Syrian Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade react after finishing their training at a camp near the town of Marea in Syria's northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP
Turkish-backed fighters from al-Mutasim Brigade take part in a training at a camp near the Syrian town of Marea in the northern Aleppo district, on September 12, 2019. Nazeer Al-khatib / AFP