BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:55 A.M.) – A new Al-Qaeda affiliate group by the name of Jaysh al-Malaheem has appeared in Syria – at least as far as picture evidence is concerned.
What should be made clear is that Jaysh al-Malaheem is not a re-branding of some other preexisting Al-Qaeda affiliate group (such as Jabhat al-Nusra which has changed its name twice since July 2016 to now become Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham) for it is in fact a new militia entirely.
Pro-rebel and Syrian conflict observer sources describe Jaysh al-Malaheem has an independent faction in relation to other militant groups in the country.
Unlike the better known and more powerful Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham group which now uses a white-base flag to hide its Al-Qaeda origins, Jaysh al-Malaheem uses the original black standard of the terrorist internationale.
Recently, the media center for Jaysh al-Malaheem released photos its fighters conducting exercises at a training camp somewhere in Syria (most likely the country’s northwest).