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Jaysh al-Jihad

Not yet designated terrorist by a Western country
Base of operations: Syria

Jaysh al-Jihad ("The Army of Jihad") emerged as a jihadist coalition of factions based in Quneitra and Houran in southern Syria, having announced itself in a video in February 2015. Its leader was one Abu Mus'ab al-Fanousi and its Shari'i amir was one Abu Osama al-Muhajir. One will immediately note the group's flag and its similarity to that of the Islamic State, also echoed in the group's other symbols. While this alone does not necessarily indicate the group is aligned with the Islamic State, other groups including Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham accused it of being an affiliate, sparking clashes in Quneitra. Though no official confirmation of allegiance with the Islamic State came out, but it is notable that the group- similar to the Islamic State's conduct- was quite ready to pronounce apostasy on those with whom it has clashed, and the group's media account followed a number of pro-Islamic State accounts on Twitter.

Since being defeated in Quneitra, the remnants were absorbed by Liwa Shuhada al-Yarmouk and in May 2016 became part of the Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Waleed merger.

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Jaysh al-Jihad Statement

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