Much of the next few months was spent in an intercenine Arab civil war, the Berber question relegated to a secondary concern. Eventually, tiring of war, the parties, appealed to the Ifriqiyan emir [[Handhala ibn Safwan al-Kalbi]] to resolve the matter. Handhala dispatched his cousin [[...|Abu al-Khattar ibn Darar al-Kalbi]] as the new governor for al-Andalus. Abu al-Khattar arrived in May 743 and immediately set about restoring peace in Andalusia, liberating prisoners (Arab and Berber) and figuring a resolution to the displaced Syrian troops. He decided to distribute the various Syrian junds across Spain, carving out regimental fiefs in hitherto thinly-held areas: the Damascus jund was established in Elvira ([[Granada]]), the Jordan jund in Rayyu ([[Málaga]] and [[Archidona]]), the Palestine jund in [[Medina-Sidonia]] and [[Jerez]], the Emesa (Hims) jund in [[Seville]] and and the Qinnasrin jund in [[Jaén, Spain|]]. The Egypt jund was divided between [[Beja (Portugal)|]] (Algarve) in the west and Tudmir ([[Murcia]]) in the east.ref (Al-Maqqari refers to an additional jund from [[Wasit, Iraq|]] (Iraq) that was settled in [[Cabra, Spain|]], but this jund is not recorded in other sources).ref The Syrian junds were allocated a third of the tax revenues collected in their regions, and given responsibilities of tax-collection and military service to the Andalusian governor.
The arrival of the Syrian junds would have tremendous implications for subsequent Spanish history. They increased substantially the Arab element on the Iberian peninsula, and, as such, were instrumental in deepening the Muslim hold on the south, what would become the heart of al-Andalus. But they also brought trouble. Unwilling to be governed, the Syrian junds carried on an existence of autonomous feudal anarchy, severely destabilizing the power of the governor of al-Andalus.