NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING

QDe.155
Jaysh Khalid Ibn al Waleed
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee's website: 
20 July 2017
Reason for listing: 

Jaysh Khalid Ibn al Waleed was listed on 20 July 2017 pursuant to Annex III of resolution 2368 (2017) as being associated with ISIL or Al-Qaida for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of,” “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to,” “otherwise supporting acts or activities of,” and being “either owned or controlled, directly or indirectly by, or otherwise supporting” Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, listed as Al-Qaida in Iraq (QDe.115).

Additional information: 

Jaysh Khalid Ibn al Waleed was formed in February 2015, when its leaders announced the plans to create a Sharia state in the Syrian province of Daraa.

In May 2015 it joined Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), listed as Al-Qaida in Iraq (Qde.115), and one year later took the name of Khalid ibn al-Walid Army. It absorbed other small terrorist groups based in Daraa.

Currently, Jaysh Khalid Ibn al Waleed includes about 2,000 fighters.

Jaysh Khalid Ibn al Waleed is equipped with small arms, including heavy-caliber machine guns, anti-tank grenade launchers, anti-tank guided missiles, mortars, including improvised ones, artillery arms and multiple launch rocket systems BM-21, more than 10 tanks, passenger and cargo all-terrain vehicles.

Jaysh Khalid Ibn al Waleed militants have been firing on a regular basis at Government forces’ positions and Syrian civil infrastructure.  In its terrorist activities Jaysh Khalid Ibn al Waleed actively exploits suicide attackers for destabilizing situation in areas of stationing and for killing field commanders of opposing militant groups.

The groups of Jaysh Khalid Ibn al Waleed have been blocked since Spring 2016 by the Syrian mainstream opposition groups in the area of the joint Syria, Jordan and Golan Heights borders. Supply channels from the ISIL-controlled areas are blocked.

There is a possibility that terrorists affiliated with Jaysh Khalid Ibn al Waleed will try to break through the encirclement and capture nearby localities Maaraba, Nafia, Sahm Julan and Tsil to fill up ending arm and food stocks.