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AQ-aligned Hurras al-Deen Remarks on End of HTS-JFS Hostilities

The Syria-based Hurras al-Deen (Guards of the Religion), an al-Qaeda (AQ)-aligned group comprised of at least 13 jihadi factions, expressed its happiness for the end of bloody battles between Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Jabhat Fateh Suriya (JFS).

ISIS Fighter’s Husband Arrested in Spain for Terror Financing

Spanish authorities arrested a Moroccan resident in Malaga for financing his wife’s travel across Europe to join the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in Syria.

Shabaab Leader Promotes Syrian Jihad as Open to Foreign Fighters, Vilifies Turkish Role in Country

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, released a rare speech from its leader, promoting the Syrian Jihad as open to foreign fighters and vilifying the role of Turkey in that country and others.

IS Reports Killing 37 Syrian Soldiers During Southern Damascus Defense, Portrays Battle as Repulsing Iranian Influence

The Islamic State (IS) reported that its fighters killed at least 37 Syrian soldiers while repulsing their attempts to advance on their positions in southern Damascus, and portrayed the battle as one of deterring Iranian influence over Sunni areas.

IS Spokesman Disputes Trump Narrative that Group is Defeated, Threatens Iraqi Elections

The Islamic State (IS) released a speech from its spokesman, Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, disputing the narrative by U.S. President Donald Trump that victory has been achieved over the groupand that it is defeated, and threatening the upcoming Iraqi elections.

IS' 'Amaq Reports Over 300 Syrian and Russian Airstrikes on Southern Damascus in 3 Days

The Islamic State's (IS) 'Amaq News Agency reported that the Syrian and Russian militaries carried out over 300 airstrikes on neighborhoods in southern Damascus in the past three days.

Pro-AQ Group Produces Video Promoting Role of Foreign Fighters in Syria

The Syria-focused division of the pro- al-Qaeda (AQ) Khayr Ummah Foundation produced a video promoting the role of foreign fighters in the country and questioning Syrian Muslims who reject them.

IS-linked Group Claims 77 Casualties Among Syrian Opposition Militants in Suicide Bombing and Raid in Daraa

The Islamic State (IS)-linked Khalid ibn al-Walid Army claimed killing 35 Syrian opposition militants and wounding 42 others in a suicide bombing and raid on their positions in two towns in Daraa governorate.

IS Claims 1st Attack in Palmyra (Tadmur) in Nearly 6 Months, Hitting Syrian Military Barracks

The Islamic State (IS) claimed credit for its first attack in the city of Palmyra (Tadmur) in Syria's Homs governorate in nearly six months, striking Syrian military barracks.

Pro-AQ, HTS Channels Promote Dutch Charity’s Call for Bitcoin Donations

Pro-al-Qaeda (AQ) and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) channels prominent among Western fighters are promoting a Dutch charity’s calls for Bitcoin funds.

Prominent IS-Linked Channel Publishes Article Deriding U.S. Strike on Syrian Chemical Plants, Calls Russia the “Dog” of America

A prominent Islamic State (IS)-linked channel published an article deriding the United States following its missile strikes on Syrian regime chemical facilities, stating that the move would only cause the deaths of more Syrians at the hands of President Bashar al-Assad.

Jihadists Ridicule U.S. and Partners’ Airstrikes on Syrian Facilities as a “Silly Play”

Jihadists reacted to the United States and European allies’ bombing of Syrian regime chemical facilities with overwhelming criticism, characterizing them as inadequate and purely theatrical.

HTS News in Syria for April 12, 2018

Highlights: HTS reports attacks on the regime’s army in the countryside of Hama; engaging in clashes with JTS-affiliated groups in the countryside of Idlib and in west of Aleppo; reports of Russian airstrikes in the countryside of Idlib, and numerous regime airstrikes across Syria and chemical attacks over Douma.

IS Division in Damascus Calls Rebel Factions to Repent and Join Group, Decries HTS’ Concessions to Enemies

The Islamic State’s (IS) Damascus Province in Syria released a video decrying the concessions made by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) to the enemies and calling on it and other rebel factions to repent for their misdeeds and join the IS.

Bitcoin, Western Union, PayPal, & Amazon Donations Urged by Pro-AQ, Western Jihadist-Focused Charity in Syria

A charity for fighters and aid in Syria--requesting donations through Western Union, PayPal, Bitcoin, and Amazon--launched a fundraising campaign on Facebook and leading pro-al-Qaeda (AQ) groups geared toward Western fighters on Telegram.

AQ-Aligned Syria-Based Hurras al-Deen Mourns with Afghan Taliban the Victims of Kunduz Religious School Attack

The Syria-based Hurras al-Deen (Guards of the Religion), an al-Qaeda (AQ)-aligned group comprised of at least 13 jihadi factions, mourned with the Afghan Taliban the victims of the Afghan airstrike on a religious school in Kunduz.

HTS News in Syria for April 4, 2018

Highlights: HTS reports clashes with the regime’s army in the northern countryside of Homs and south of Hama, resulting in many casualties and injuries in the regime forces; engaging in clashes with JTS-affiliated groups in the countryside of Idlib and in west of Aleppo; reports of Russian and regime airstrikes in the countryside of Idlib.

HTS News in Syria for March 29, 2018

Highlights: HTS reports a suicide bombing on the regime forces and clashes with the regime’s army in Eastern Ghouta, further encounters in the countryside of Latakkia, and in the countryside of Hama; engaging in clashes with JTS-affiliated groups in south of Idlib and in west of Aleppo; reports of numerous Russian and airstrikes across Syria.

inSITE Blog: "Has al-Qaeda Replanted its Flag in Syria?" by Rita Katz

On February 27, pro-al-Qaeda (AQ) Telegram channels began distributing a statement from a group calling itself “Hurras al-Deen” (“Guardians of the Religion”).

AQIM Leader Calls Jihadi Factions in Syria to Cease Infighting

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released an audio speech from its leader, Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, calling on jihadi factions in Syria to cease their infighting as it might potentially cause damage not only to jihad but to Islam.

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