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BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Harakat Noor al-Din al-Zenki Islamist faction, one of biggest FSA-linked groups within the Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) coalition, has announced their defection from the jihadist conglomerate in favor of joining Ahrar al-Sham.

In an official statement, the Islamist group rationalized their decision, claiming that it was unsatisfied with the HTS coalition’s aggression towards Ahrar al-Sham and the outright refusal of HTS commanders to seek common ground with Ahrar al-Sham.

The statement went on to add that despite joining ranks with Ahrar al-Sham, the Islamist group intended to stay clear of any and all infighting between Ahrar al-Sham and HTS, clarifying that the point of their existence was not to fight other rebel factions, but only the Syrian government and the forces allied to it.

In July of 2016, Noor al-Din al-Zenki became well known, even in the Western mainstream media, when some of its top members beheaded a twelve year old Palestinian child on camera with a hunting knife. The child was falsely accused of being a member of an ethnic Palestinian pro-government faction fighting in the city.

At that time, the group was openly vetted by the United States and Turkey under the assumption that it was a “moderate” opposition faction. Its military support from the US included the provision of American-built TOW anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems.

In January 2017, Noor al-Din al-Zenki merged into the then newly-formed HTS conglomerate, effectively aligning itself with hard-line jihadists.

As of now, the Islamist group is leaving HTS to join ranks with Ahrar al-Sham, a rebel coalition which Turkey continues to support with weapons and money.

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To be fair, Ahrar al-Sham had paid holidays and vacation, bi-weekly payroll, and casual Fridays.

It’s gotta be hard to compete with that.

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Good islamofascists or nazislamists are the dead ones any way.

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Na’al ‘dine al-Zenki, the Aleppo child-beheaders, thus they have also beheaded handicaped people, Na’al ‘dine al-Zenki ar goatfucking Nazis, DEATH to Na’al ‘dine al-Zenki. Please Mr.Putin, bomb these rats without mercy! Actually, as I’m licensed for single engine propellers, I’d LOVE to gain access to an old A-1 Skyraider and f*****g drop napalm mixed to white phosphorus on them, Vietnam style, all day long! While beheading the child, they said they were worst than ISIS, let’s treat them worst than ISIS so! May their carcasses be eaten by pigs, their wives all abort then marry with kaafirs or become prostitutes,… Read more »

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“their sons convert to Judaism and enlist in Tsahal!”

uuuuuh, Israelians are enough crazy in this area. That would be the WWW3…

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Why join Tsahal ? They are already doing very well at killing helpless Palestinian children.