After the schism between al-Qaeda and its former Syrian branch, Jabhat al-Nusra (now Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham), the remaining al-Qaeda loyalists in the country gathered under the banner of Tandheem Hurras al-Deen (The Religious Guardians’ Organization). Hurras al-Deen has been among those targeted in the wave of assassinations in the “Greater Idlib” area, and has been publicly hereticized by the Islamic State, whose cells are among those conducting the assassinations. Hurras al-Deen in recent days has gained some popularity and legitimacy in Idlib by being the only force to initiate offensive operations against the pro-Asad coalition as the latter conquers Deraa. Today, Hurras al-Deen released a statement through its Sham al-Ribat Media on the loss of ten of its jihadists yesterday after they stepped on a mine near Sarja in southern Idlib. The statement is reproduced below.
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Statement on the Martyrdom of a Number of Mujahideen in Rural East Idlib
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Let there be no hostility, except to those who practice oppression, and may peace and prayers be upon the trustworthy prophet.
As for what follows:
“And what is wrong with you that you fight not in the Cause of Allah, and for those weak, ill-treated and oppressed among men, women, and children, whose cry is: ‘Our Lord! Rescue us from this town whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from You one who will protect, and raise for us from You one who will help.’ Those who believe, fight in the cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve fight in the cause of Taghut. So fight the minions of Shaytan (the Devil): ever-feeble indeed is the plot of Shaytan” [Al-Nisa (4): 75-6].
In a quality operation in support of our people in Deraa, after trusting in Allah the Exalted, and following observation, a group of mujahideen infiltrated the Nusayri [Alawi, i.e. the Asad regime] army lines in al-Waibida in the Idlib countryside drawing nearly forty metres [130 feet] from the enemy. Upon storming, Allah the Exalted fated that one of the brothers trigger a bounding mine, causing the detonation of several mines and the martyrdom of ten of the brothers (may Allah accept them among the martyrs). Consequently, the work was postponed. We consider our brothers as the martyrs with Allah the Exalted, going about now in heaven.
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Allah has undertaken to look after the affairs of the one who goes out to fight in His way, believing in Him and affirming the truth of His Messenger. He is committed to His care that He will either admit him to Paradise or bring him back to his home from where he set out with a reward or (his share of) booty” (Hadith narrated by Muslim).
Their blood and the pure blood of the Muslims is the fuel of our battles against the infidels and apostates. May Allah support His supporters and humiliate His enemies.
“And Allah has full power and control over His Affairs, but most of men know not” [Yusuf (12): 21].
Monday, 25th of Shawwal 1439 Hijri [9 July 2018]