Liwa al-Quds Company Commander assassinated in Aleppo City

By Naveed Malekafzali (Twitter)

Aleppo - Shadi 'Eid, a company commander of Liwa al-Quds, an influential pro-government militia based in Aleppo, was assassinated in  al-Hamdaniya neighborhood in west Aleppo City by a faction of a Islamist opposition group known as the Abu Amara Brigades. After being shot, his body was dumped in the street near a garbage container. The Abo Amara brigades were a militant group based in eastern Aleppo city, before moving to the western countryside after the full capture of Aleppo city by the government. An independent "special task" group regularly carries out IED attacks, assassinations and similar attacks in the city. The armed faction joined Ahrar al-Sham in late 2015.

Photograph of Commander Shadi 'Eid used in the Abu Amara Brigade's statement announcing his assassination.

Photograph of Commander Shadi 'Eid used in the Abu Amara Brigade's statement announcing his assassination.

In their statement, the Abu Amara Brigades did not give reasons for killing Commander 'Eid in particular, only pointing to the actions of Liwa al-Quds at large, including confiscating citizens' homes for militia use and fighting in the Battle of Aleppo alongside other pro-government forces. Little can be found about Commander 'Eid's life and military career before his assassination, but pro-government news outlets have reported that he leaves behind a wife and a young toddler. 

In a similar incident, the Abu Amara Brigades "Special Task" group claimed an IED attack on a "pro-government convoy" in Salahuddin District in Aleppo City; a video was released of the attack, showing an unidentified person throwing a small bomb onto a Liwa al-Quds funeral, killing and injuring several fighters of the group.