Jund al-Aqsa (“Soldiers of al-Aqsa”) is a foreign fighter battalion that is comprised of various nationalities, including South Asian origin, as well as a Syrian contingent.The batallion is deployed in the Idlib and Hama governorates to fight Syrian Government forces. Jund al-Aqsa was initially labelled as an Islamic State (IS) ally by rebels, but following the withdrawal of the IS from Idlib and Hama provinces, accusations against Jund al-Aqsa ceased. The batallion has supported Ahrar al-Sham of the Islamic Front in the offensive at the village of Ma'an (Hama province), resulting in the massacre of local Alawites, during February 2014. Jund al-Aqsa also supported the Islamic Front in an operation to seize Hama military airport during July 2014, an offensive that is still on-going.Centre of OperationsJund al-Aqsa is deployed in the Idlib and Hama governates:Members Leave en Masse and Join Jabhat al-Nusra17 February 2016, a statement circulated on Twitter and stated that several…
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