Ghuraba al-Sham (jihadist group)
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|Participant in 2007 Lebanon conflict and Syrian civil war|
|Leaders||Mahmud al-Aghasi (until 2007)|
|Allies|| Al-Nusra Front 
Syrian intelligence (formerly)
|Opponents|| Syrian Armed Forces
Democratic Union Party
|Battle of Ras al-Ayn|
Ghuraba al-Sham (Arabic: غرباء الشام Ghurabā’ ash-Shām, "Strangers/Foreigners of the region of Syria") is a group made up of jihadists of Turkish and former Eastern bloc origin who have participated in the smuggling of foreign fighters to Iraq, have intervened in Lebanon during the 2007 Lebanon conflictand have fought in Syria during the Syrian civil war. The group coordinated with the Al-Nusra Front in clashes with the PYD in November 2012.
The group was founded by Aleppo preacher Mahmud al-Aghasi, also known as Abu al-Qaqa. He was often accused by Syrian opposition parties of working for the Mukhabarat and during the 2007 Lebanon conflict he was known as the Godfather of Fatah al-Islam. The group was widely believed by many Lebanese people to be smuggling fighters to Iraq during the Iraq War and later to the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp to help Fatah al-Islam under the alleged auspice of the Syrian government. Abu al-Qaqa was killed in Aleppo by a former prisoner who was held by Americans during the Iraq War on 28 September 2007.
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