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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:58 A.M.) – Islamic State-linked fighters from a past affiliate militia of the terrorist group in northwest Syria have regathered after one year of disbandment to form a new insurgent faction.

Despite withdrawing from the northwestern Syrian provinces of Idlib and Aleppo in early 2014, ISIS left behind an affiliate militia by the name of Jund al-Aqsa which after several years of serving alongside rebel groups like Jabhat al-Nusra (now called Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham), Ahrar al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army was formally disbanded in February 2017.

Now one year later, literally hundreds of fighters that once belonged to Jund al-Aqsa have regrouped to form a new faction by the name of Ansar al-Tahweed.

Syrian militant groups with associations to Al-Qaeda and even ISIS (itself being a breakaway from Al-Qaeda in Iraq) often re-brand themselves to avoid further designation as a terrorist entity by Western powers.

This is done with the hope of receiving political legitimacy by Western and Gulf countries as a so-called ‘moderate opposition’ movement in Syria.

On Monday, the media center of the militant faction released its first statement. The communique covers the formation of the group.

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Professional ghazi mercenaries of whoever pays. IS has no more funds.
Guess the re-branding means they will serve the Sultan of Turkey now.

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Don’t know about the brand but the Arabic handwriting is neat

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just some idiots who working for turkey

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gzman501 .

Dear anonymous or whoever-you-are-today terrorist. Your name won’t matter when you’re dead, dead, dead. Go back to Al Tanf and tell your handlers you’re not suicidal today.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

Independently of the name they will use, they must consider themselves as a death body already.