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Battalion of the Sayyid's Martyrs (Iraq)

Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS)

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[Battalion of the Sayyid's Martyrs]
image by William Garrison, 24 October 2014

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Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS) is an armed illegal group fighting in Syria's Civil War. Some sources call it an offshot of the The Badr Organization since it is closely related. They may be allied or they may be an extension of the Badr Corps (also known as Bard Organization Military Wing), as this points out: "Since Badr did not announce its involvement in Syria until July, 2013, this may be a signal that KSS was used as a front group to send Badr fighters to Syria."
Thus, it is an Iraq-related organization, and not Iranian as suggested.
At present, the KSS’s main raison d’être appears to be as a source for Iraqi Shia fighters who can be used to "Defend the Zaynab Shrine", a major Shia Islamic site in Syria.
For a list of armed groups in the Syrian Civil War (2011-current) please see:
Esteban Rivera, 14 October 2014

The Flag

[Battalion of the Sayyid's Martyrs]
image located by William Garrison, 25 September 2014

This is the flag of Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS). KSS translates as The Battalion of the Sayyid’s Martyrs.
Here are some pictures of the KSS flag:
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(And here's another picture, taken around August-September 2013) (Source:
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Esteban Rivera, 14 October 2014

[Battalion of the Sayyid's Martyrs]
image located by William Garrison, 24 October 2014

Yellow flag of the "Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada", in Dhi Quar province (in southern Iraq) c. Sept. 2014.
In the background is a wall banner depicting the Supreme Leader of Iran: Ayatollah Khamenei (a Shia Muslim). Therefore, the Kata'ib is viewed as an Iraqi Shia militia coordinating as a "proxy" for the Shia-regime of Iran. The logo depicts two AK-47 rifles surrounding the green-domed shrine of Imam Hussain (Shia) in Karbala, Iraq. The red flag above the dome depicts the blood shed by the martyr Imam Hussain during the Battle of Karbala; a black flag is flown atop the shrine during the month of mourning.
William Garrison, 24 October 2014