18 March Division

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18 March Division
Arabic: فرقة 18 آذار
Participant in the Syrian Civil War
Active 11 April 2013 – present[1]
  • Martyr Houran
  • Liberation of Houran[1]
  • Engineering and Rocket Battalion[2]
  • Southern Tawhid Brigade (former)

Col. Mohammed Khaled al-Duhni[1]

Hosam Abazid [3]
Area of operations Daraa Governorate[1]
Part of

Free Syrian Army


Syrian Armed Forces
National Defense Force
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Al-Nusra Front
Battles and wars Syrian Civil War

The 18 March Division (Arabic: فرقة 18 آذار‎) is a rebel group part of the Free Syrian Army that is active during the Syrian Civil War. It was named after the 18 March 2011 protests in Daraa. It was created on 11 April 2013 by colonel Mohammed Khaled al-Duhni out of three units. On 18 July 2013, the Southern Tawhid Brigade, one of the affiliated groups, left the 18 March Division following internal disputes.[1] It joined the Southern Front on 14 February 2014.[4]


In April 2015, after 5 Southern Front groups unilaterally rejected all forms of cooperation with the al-Nusra Front, the 18 March Division clashed with al-Nusra in the Dar'a al-Balad district of Daraa. Conflicting reports stated that the al-Nusra Front captured a member of the Southern Tawhid Brigade and threw a grenade at the latter group's headquarters.[5]

On 28 September 2016, one of the group's field commanders, Hosam Abazid, was assassinated in the eastern Daraa countryside. Hosam Abazid was previously a member of the al-Nusra Front, then defected to the Southern Tawhid Brigade, then to the Islamic Muthanna Movement, and re-defected back to the 18 March Division.[3]

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