At least three (unrelated) groups claim the name Jund al-Sham. The group 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 (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 assassination of Hezbollah official Ghaleb Awwali, claiming the assassination was part of a plan to eradicate Shiite heresy. Later however a man claiming to be the group's leader denied any involvement. A third group, also calling itself Jund al Sham, is a new Salafi jihadist group in Syria that announced its formation in the Syrian city of Homs in 2012. The group is supportive…
Soldiers of the Levant
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