Khalid ibn al-Walid ( or - ) (Arabic: خالد بن الوليد) also known as the Unbroken Sword of God. He is noted for his military prowess, commanding the. Khalid ibn AI-Waleed (may Allāh be pleased with him)“The Sword of Allah” (d. 21 A.H.). It is reported that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allāh be. The Khalid ibn al-Walid Army was an armed Salafi jihadist group active in southern Syria. It was formed by a merger of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, the Islamic Area of operations: Daraa Governorate and Q.
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Khalid ibn Al-Waleed
In my continuing attempts to cover historical badasses from khalid bin waleed cultures of the world, mention must be made of Khalid ibn Al-Waleed. Khalid was born into the Quarashi tribe of Mecca and was khalid bin waleed only man to ever lead a force to defeat Mohammad's army in combat.
After beating the Muslims at the Battle of Uhud and forcing a truce, Khalid converted to Islam and became a totally hardcore warrior, kicking the asses of the Persian and Byzantine Empires despite constantly being outnumbered and outgunned.
Muslim troops rode entirely on camels and this method became an effective one for the Muslim army. The latter two were captured after the Battle of Qaryatayn and the Battle of Hawarin.
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After subduing these desert forts, Khalid's army moved towards Bosraa town near the Syria - Arabia border and the capital of the Arab Christian Ghassanid kingdom, a vassal of the eastern Byzantine Empire. He bypassed Damascus while crossing a mountain pass which is now known as "Sanita-al-Uqab" "the Uqab khalid bin waleed after the name of Khalid's army standard.
The latter laid siege to Bosra with his army of 4, men.
The Byzantine khalid bin waleed Christian Arab garrison which outnumbered Shurhabil's forces, made a sally and were likely to annihilate them when Khalid's cavalry arrived from the desert and attacked the rear of the Byzantine forces, relieving Shurhabil. Abu Ubaidah joined Khalid at Bosra and Khalid, as per the caliph's instructions, took over the supreme command.
The fortress of Bosra surrendered in mid-Julyeffectively khalid bin waleed the Ghassanid dynasty.
Modern historians consider this battle to have been the key in breaking Byzantine power in Syria. Khalid decided to capture Damascus, the Byzantine stronghold. At Damascus, Thomas, son-in-law of Byzantine Emperor Heracliuswas in charge of khalid bin waleed city's defense.
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He wrote to Emperor Heraclius, who was at Emesa that time, for reinforcement. Moreover, Thomas, in order to delay or halt Khalid's advance and to attain time to prepare for a siege, sent his armies to move forward.
Two of his armies were routed first at Yaqusa in mid-August and the other at Maraj as-Saffar on 19 August. To isolate Damascus from the rest of the region, Khalid placed the detachments south on the road to Palestine and in north at the Damascus-Emesa route, and several other smaller detachments on routes towards Damascus.
Khalid led an assault and conquered Damascus on 18 September after a khalid bin waleed siege. According khalid bin waleed some sources, the siege is purported to have lasted some four or six months. Abu Bakr died during the siege of Damascus and Umar became the new Caliph.
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He dismissed his cousin Khalid from his command and appointed Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah the new commander in chief of Islamic khalid bin waleed in Syria. Abu Ubaidah got the letter of his appointment and Khalid's dismissal during the siege, but he delayed the announcement until khalid bin waleed city was conquered.
Khalid, gave a pledge of loyalty to the new caliph and continued service as an ordinary commander under Abu Ubaidah.
He is reported to have said: