cover image

The Golan Regiment (Arabic: فوج الجولان, Fouj al-Joulan) is a Syrian militia based in Khan Arnabah[5] that is part of the National Defence Forces (NDF).[3] Though primarily active in the Golan Heights, the unit has been deployed in various warzones of western Syria, fighting against many different Syrian opposition forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.[3] The Golan Regiment is notable insofar as it was the first government unit during the Syrian Civil War that was founded by Free Syrian Army (FSA) defectors.[1][5]

Quick facts: Golan Regiment, Leaders, Dates of operation, ...
Golan Regiment
فوج الجولان
Fouj al-Joulan
Leaders
  • Majid Himoud [2][1][3] (chief commander until 2017)
  • Khaled Abaza[4] (chief commander from 2017)
Dates of operation2011–14 (as rebel group)[5]
2014–present (as pro-government unit)[5]
Allegiance Syrian Arab Republic
Group(s)
  • Fist Battalion[3] (part of "National Shield of the Patriotic Forces" from 2017)[4]
  • Second Battalion[4]
  • Third Battalion[4]
HeadquartersKhan Arnabah[5]
Active regionsSyria
IdeologyAnti-Zionism[3]
Ba'athism[4]
Druze interests[3]
Part of National Defence Forces[3]
Allies Syrian Armed Forces
 Hezbollah
 Iran
Quneitra Hawks Brigade[6]
Opponents Syrian opposition and allied mujahideen
 Islamic State
 Israel[3][5]
Battles and warsSyrian Civil War
Preceded by
al-Mutasim Battalion
Close