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.”
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.”
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.
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) rejected the meeting to be held in the Kazakh capital, Astana, regarding a political settlement with the Bashar al-Assad regime and a nationwide ceasefire, and called on its militant allies to beware such “conspiracies”.
Al-Qaeda (AQ) leader Ayman al-Zawahiri gave a eulogy for two slain officials from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and the Nusra Front (NF), and continued to attack the Islamic State (IS).
Mostafa Mahamed (AKA Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir), an Australian cleric and former Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) official, urged Muslims to participate in jihad to help civilians in Aleppo, and cautioned against support for the Islamic State (IS).
A Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) member disputed “rumours” of a split within the group between “progressives” and al-Qaeda (AQ) supporters.
Abdullah al-Muhaysini, a prominent Saudi cleric and jihadist figure in Syria, condemned the designation of him as terrorist by the U.S. Treasury Department, and organized civilians to defend him and echo his denunciation in a video.
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) claimed gaining control of multiple villages in Aleppo, attacking the regime forces on Itheria-Khanasir road, and the start of a new battle in the western countryside of Daraa.
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) claimed two suicide operations on Syrian regime and allied forces amid opposition forces’ unfolding battle for Aleppo.
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) reported from fronts in Latakkia, Damascus, Aleppo, and Homs, and released a video showing the group’s sniping operations against the Syrian regime and pro-regime militia forces in the countryside of Aleppo.
Mostafa Mahamed (AKA Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir), an Australian cleric and prominent Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) member in Syria, called the recent dissolve of Syrian jihadi group Jund al-Aqsa “overdue.”
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement, Faylaq al-Sham, Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), and other Syrian rebel factions announced the launch of operation al-Ashoura in Mount al-Akrad in the countryside of Latakkia, and claimed “liberating” various villages from the Syrian regime.
Following the ongoing tension between Jund al-Aqsa and Ahrar al-Sham, Jund al-Aqsa announced dissolving its ranks and joining Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) in order to “help those who are allied to it in continuing jihad” in Syria.
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) official Abu Abdullah al-Shami mourned Abu Faraj al-Masri, an Egyptian veteran of jihad and member of its Shura Council, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Idlib, and threatened revenge.