جيش الجهادParticipant in the Syrian Civil War
Logo of the group
Flag used by the group
|Active||February 2015 – 21 May 2016|
|Leaders||Abu Mussab Al-Fanussy|
|Area of operations||Quneitra Governorate and Daraa Governorate, Syria|
|Part of||Islamic State (allegedly)|
|Became||Khalid ibn al-Walid Army|
|Allies||Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade|
|Battles and war(s)||Syrian Civil War|
Jaysh al-Jihad (Jihad Army) was an Islamic State group based in Quneitra Governorate. The group formed from the merger of 7 small independent groups and factions that defected from Nusra Front after it clashed with the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade in December 2014. These groups were: Jihad Brigades, Jamaat Jund al-Islam, Jamaat Abu Baseer, Mujahideen of al-Sham movement, Jamaat Shabab Ahl al-Sunnah, Nurayn Brigade, and Jamaat Bunyan al-Marsous.
The group had been accused by other Syrian rebel groups of being affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In April 2015, violent clashes broke out between the group and the Free Syrian Army and al-Nusra Front, after Jaish al-Jihad militants ambushed and killed six FSA fighters at a checkpoint in Quneitra. By 6 May 2015, Nusra and other rebel groups announced that they had cleared al-Qahtaniyah and Quneitra city of Jaysh al-Jihad forces.
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