An international network suspected of financing over $2.4 million to al-Qaeda’s (AQ) former Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra was reportedly dismantled by Italian authorities.
Al-Qaeda (AQ) leader Ayman al-Zawahiri directly addressed the split from his group by the Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra) for the first time since its occurrence in July 2016, rejecting it and calling on fighters still loyal to AQ, and others, to seek unity against the enemy.
Dr. Sami al-‘Aridi, a former Shariah official in the Syria-based Nusra Front (NF), continued to reveal the behind-the-scenes dispute over the group’s split from al-Qaeda (AQ) in the second and third installments of his series on the issue.
Dr. Sami al-‘Aridi, a former Shariah official in the Syria-based Nusra Front (NF), revealed in a series called “Testimonies Regarding the Dissociation between Jabhat al-Nusra (Fateh al-Sham) and al-Qaeda Organization,” that AQ leader Ayman al-Zawahiri disapproved of the split.
In the final installment of his open-interview, Australian cleric and former Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) official Mostafa Mahamed (AKA Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir) called for unity among Muslims and non-Muslims, discussed suicide operations and an Islamic government, and deemed the Islamic State (IS) a “cancer” that one must “completely eliminate.”
Australian cleric and former Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) official Mostafa Mahamed (AKA Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir) condemned the recent Manchester and London attacks, and explained why he joined—and later left—the Nusra Front (NF), al-Qaeda’s (AQ) former Syrian affiliate.
In an open interview, Australian cleric and former Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) official Mostafa Mahamed Farag (AKA Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir) decried the Islamic State (IS), declaring it a “doomsday cult on steroids” and labeling its leaders “a bunch of crazy men that love death and love killing.”
Australian cleric and former Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) official Mostafa Mahamed Farag (AKA Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir) pointed to the June 3, 2017, London Bridge attack and other incidents to decry the Islamic State (IS) and its supporters.
In an interview, Australian cleric and former Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) official Mostafa Mahamed (AKA Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir) commented on Turkey, U.S.-Saudi relations, and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) among other topics.
Jihadists introduced the first issue of “Al-Haqiqa,” a Syria-focused magazine composed of previously released content from pro-al-Qaeda (AQ) media groups.
A jihadi media group published a biographical eulogy of “Abu Zubayr Somali,” a Somali Nusra Front (NF) fighter killed in Syria after living in the U.S. for “a number of years.”
Tahrir al-Sham released a video showing the structure of the organization, including comprising groups, the most prominent scholars and factions that pledged allegiance to it, and identifying the outcome and the goals of the new structure.
Pro-opposition scholars announced their joining of the newly established Tahrir al-Sham Assembly, and called on other factions in Syria to do the same.
Jihadist and Islamist opposition factions in Syria announced the formation of the “Tahrir al-Sham Assembly” (“Liberation of Syria Assembly”) amid escalating infighting amongst opposition factions.
Five opposition factions in northern Syria announced their merger into the Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement, which one jihadi media group spun as a positive outcome of the Ahrar al-Sham - Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) dispute.
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) released a statement condemning the Syrian Islamic Council (SIC) for the double standard shown to the group and for being branded as “Renegades of Islam,” and the fatwa issued by the council which called upon the Syrian opposition factions to attack JFS until the group announces its disbanding.
Jihadists discussed unfolding clashes and tensions between former al-Qaeda (AQ) affiliate Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) and rebel forces in Syria.
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) claimed it was targeted by Suqoor al-Sham and Jaish al-Islam in separate attacks which it denounced, and expressed disbelief in being called “renegades of Islam” [term used for Islamic State fighters] by Suqoor al-Sham leader.
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) released a statement elaborating on the recent conflicts among rebel factions and JFS, as well as the truce talks and international conventions and their impact on the battlefield, and calling upon all rebel factions to reevaluate the circumstances and stand by and cooperate with JFS.
The Syrian Islamic Council (SIC) demanded that Syrian opposition factions in the north attack Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS), arguing that it has adopted extremism towards fellow fighters and unjustifiably attacked their military positions.
Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement declared it “rejects the scheme to alienate Jabhat Fateh al-Sham [JFS] and its being targeted by the international coalition and others,” while also warning it is essential that JFS cease transgression upon other rebel factions and submit to an independent Sharia court to settle all differences.