Jund al-Sham -- Syria

Jund al-Sham announced its formation as a Salafist jihad group in Syria on 23 December 2012.  In early 2013, Murad Margoshvili aka Muslim Abu al-Walid al-Shishani became the groups leader.  By late 2013 Jund al-Sham had severed all ties with the Islamic State, siding with Nusra Front (JN).At least four (unrelated) groups claim the name Jund al-Sham.The first group, Jund al-Sham -- Afghanistan, in Afghanistan is a terrorist group believed to have first appeared in 1999. It was established by Syrians, Palestinians and Lebanese with links to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who went on to found al Qaeda in Iraq and was subsequently killed by a US airstrike. The second group, Jund al-Sham -- Palestine, (aka Soldiers of the Levant) is an anti-Fatah Sunni Muslim group formed in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh in 2004 and is considered a splinter group of Osbat al-Nour. It has claimed responsibility for the car bomb…

Jund al-Sham -- Syria, also known as Soldiers of the Levant, Jund ash-Sham, JaS, Junud al-Sham (alternate spelling) is an active group formed c. 2013.
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