Damascus, Syria – Ali al-Irjani, aka Abu Hassan Kuwaiti, a prominent commander of al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda branch in Syria), called on “all Muslims” to fight against the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), inviting fellow Islamists to rise and stop the expansion of ISIS in the Levant.
Irjani’s call came in a statement published by Nusra-linked activists on Thursday.
“We appeal to God to help us unite against those (IS) criminals of Sham (the Levant),” al-Irjani said.
“IS group will not benefit from raising Islamic slogans of the Muslim youth who were seduced by this brutal group.”
The Nusra commander addressed what he described as “the Jihad leaders on the Syrian ground”, calling them for unity, saying: “I call on the leaders of the rebel groups in Syria, if you stay dispersed, you will end and not be able to combat those radicals.”
Al-Irjani, a well-known leader who participated with the second man in al-Nusra Front Abu Maria Qahtani in battles against IS group in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, described IS leaders as “Shiites”.
“They (IS militants) glorify their princes and the so-called supreme leader (referring to Aby Bakr al-Baghdadi), forgetting about Islam and its teachings,” he added.
Al-Irjani warned the IS group of approaching Daraa city which is deemed one of the key strongholds of al-Nusra Front in Syria’s south. A number of high ranking leaders of al-Nusra reside in Daraa, including Sami al-Aridi, Abu Maria al-Qahtani and al-Irjani himself.
Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish
Source: ARA News
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