3rd - 6th March 2013
The Battle of Raqqa (March 2013) took place over three days, 3 March to 6 March 2013.
It involved the units from the Muntasir Billah Brigade, FSA (Free Syrian Army), Jabhat an-Nusra, Ahrar ash-Sham (part of the Syrian Islamic Front) and the brigade of Huthaya bin al-Yaman against major elements of the Syrian 17th Division.
The battle was also known as the Raid of the Almighty by the rebel forces.
The was noted for the withdrawal of the 17th Division who mainly left without a fight and then retreated north.
Units involved under the Raqqa Liberation Front were:
The Brigade of the Trustees of Raqqa force was under the command of Ahrar ash-Sham whilst the Ghuraba al-Sham Battalion was commanded by the Conquest Brigade.
Their forces totalled about 7,000, verses an estimate total of 400 Syrian soliders.
THe rebel forces were mostly Sunni Islamists.