In a new photo report purportedly released by the Islamic State, a fighter with Abu Mohammad al-Julani, the emir of the once al-Qaeda affiliated Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, is shown dead in a burqa. The photo report was released on ISIS terrorist channels on January 6. An accompanying description of the report reads: “An apostate of Abu Mohammad al-Julani was killed after he tried to enter territory of the Islamic State, dressed as a woman in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.”
Damascus has been a hotbed of ISIS activity, with the unofficial Palestinian refugee camp of the Yarmouk neighborhood being a major flashpoint, according to CBS. According to The Wall Street Journal, the constant violence has taken its toll on the civilian population and deaths from starvation have been reported in at least one suburb.
Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, earlier known as the al-Nusra Front, was once Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate. However, they cut ties with the Osama bin Laden-founded group in July to garner more international support. But, according to The Middle East Eye, the split does not affect al-Nusra-al-Qaeda ideology and its desire to carry out attacks on the West.
Jabhat Fatah al-Sham is different than the Islamic State. The two groups oppose each other and openly fight each other despite having the same goal of establishing a caliphate. ISIS also was originally part of al-Qaeda.
Jabhat Fatah al-Sham is the likely culprit behind a recent eco-terrorism attack in Damascus that has deprived some 5 million residents of potable water.
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