Turkey-backed rebel group in Syria joins Jihadist alliance


Islamist fighters of the Nour al-Din al-Zanki Movement in Syria. File photo

ARA News 

ALEPPO – The Turkey-backed Syrian rebel group Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement joined the Jihadist Army of Conquest (JaF).

Spokesman of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS), Mustafa Muhammed, confirmed that the al-Zanki Movement is now a part of the jihadist alliance.

The al-Qaeda-affliaied Nusra Front has recently changed its name into Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, claiming to have broken ties with al-Qaeda. The JFS is now fighting alongside other Islamist groups in Syria under the umbrella of the Army of Conquest. 

Muhammed said that with Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement joining the Army of Conquest, jihadists will be united in their fight in Syria. 

“Unity will only be relevant and effective when we learn to tolerate diversity in our ranks whenever possible,” he said. “The only chance we stand is when we fight together.”

On 19 July 2016, Zenki fighters recorded themselves beheading a Palestinian pro-regime fighter, sparking controversy.

The group is part of the Turkey-backed Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, which was launched on 24 August to targeted Kurdish fighters and ISIS.

The US-led coalition has said that they will continue to target the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham in Syria (previously known as Nusra Front), as the group plays a leading role in the Army of Conquest.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News

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