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Statement from Foreign Fighters in Syria: "About the Baghdadi Group"

Aaron Y. Zelin
Sunday, July 19, 2015, 9:28 AM

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"And indeed whosoever takes revenge after he has suffered wrong, for such there is no way of blame against them". (Surah Al Shura)

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"And indeed whosoever takes revenge after he has suffered wrong, for such there is no way of blame against them". (Surah Al Shura)

Indeed Allah has honoured Shaam and its people, and has made it a blessed land, and the Prophet ﷺ has ordered the Ummah to join its armies. And it was purification from Allah for this Jihadi field by His decree that its trials will be with the Fitna of the renegade Khawarij so that the rows may be distinguished, and so that none may remain with the Mujahideen except the people who are moderate, who are against extremism and negligence, and are those on whom victory descends. And thus several groups of Muhajireen from amongst the people of Shaam remained firm in the rows of the Mujahideen, those who abandoned their homes for no reason other than to support this patient community and to lighten their sufferings.

And when the tribulation of Baghdadi's renegade group became great for the Muslims during the recent period by them stabbing us on our backs with their attacks on Sawran, at a time when our swords are being sharpened heading towards the coast of the Nusayris, they then increased in their crimes and they bombed the mosques of the Muslims and killed those who were bowing and prostrating in prayer, and they targeted the best of the Mujahideen from amongst their leaders and jurists, and the suicide attackers exploded in their midst. And the one who was most recently attacked was Sheikh Abu Abdul Rahman Salqin, and many before him, like Sheikh Abu Abdul Barr Al Iraqi, Abu Muhammad Al Fatih, and the splendour of the Mujahideen Sheikh Abu Khalid Suri, may Allah accept all of them.

Accordingly, we the Muhajireen from all the Mujahid groups, we affirm that we were and still are standing side by side our family, the people of Shaam in our battle against this renegade group. And we affirm to them that their afflicted ones are our afflicted ones and their pain is our pain, and our blood and our throats are a ransom for the youngest of their children. And the Khawarij, the enemies of Allah will most certainly see in us power and truthfulness during the battle by the permission of Allah… "And Allah is predominant over His affair, but most of the people do not know."

1: On behalf of the Muhajireen of Ahrar:

Abu Sa'd Al Misri

Abu Muhammad Al Misri

Abu Mus'ab At Tunisi

Abu Abdullah An Najdi

Abu Anas Al Misri

Abu Hasan At Tabuki

2: On behalf of the Muhajireen of Nusrah:

Dr. Saami Uraydi

Abu Sulayman Al Muhajir

Abu Azzam Al Qaadhi

Abu Haajar At Tunisi

Abdul Muhsin Shaarikh

3: Dr. Abdullah Al Muhaysani

4: Muslih Al Ilyani

5: Abu Mihjan An Najdi

6: Al Mu'tasim Billah (Jaish ul Muhajireen wal Ansaar)

7: Abu Aasim Al Muhajir (Jaish ul Muhajireen wal Ansaar)

Aaron Y. Zelin is the Richard Borow Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a visiting research scholar in the Department of Politics at Brandeis University, and the founder of Jihadology. He is also the author of the book “Your Sons Are At Your Service: Tunisia’s Missionaries of Jihad” (Columbia University Press, 2020) and the recent booklet “The Age of Political Jihadism: A Study of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.”

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