Previously on this blog I have documented the emergence of the Ansar Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Squadron in the Idlib region of northwest Syria and its operations against the Turkish presence in the area. Now another group has emerged calling itself the 'Abdullah bin Unais Group' (named after one of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad). While the group may be linked to the Ansar Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Squadron or even acting as a front group for it, it must be stressed that such views are only speculative at this point. In any case, the group is ideologically speaking part of the same jihadist trend that declares takfir on Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (the dominant insurgent faction in northwest Syria).
Below is the first statement issued by the Abdullah bin Unais Group. I will also document its future operations in this post.
The first statement of the 'Abdullah bin Unais Group' entitled:
'This is a statement to the people.'
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Praise be to God the Mighty and Great, who takes revenge on the renegades and disbelievers, and supports His noble servants, and God's blessings be upon the chosen Messenger, and His pure family and companions. Then as for what follows:
The One Exalted in His Loftiness says: 'What is the matter with you that you do not fight in the path of God and the oppressed from the men, women and children who say: Our Lord, get us out of this city whose people are oppressive, and make for us from You a trustee and make for us from You a supporter'- Surat al-Nusa' 75.
And the Exalted says: 'Fight them: God will torment them at your hands and bring them ruin and give you victory over them and heal the hearts of a believing people'- Surat al-Tawba 14.
On this basis, your brothers in the 'Abdullah bin Unais Group' (may God be pleased with him)- in response to the command of God, and supporting the Muslims and oppressed- have undertaken an amni operation at dawn today on Friday, which targeted the 'al-Mutlaq' checkpoint: one of the checkpoints of Idlib city, and it is considered one of the filthy checkpoints that have harmed the Muslims and mujahideen. So God blessed the brothers in that He enabled them to kill the security scum located at the checkpoint and take their money.
Therefore we warn all who have joined this apostate group [i.e. Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham]- which has harmed the Muslims, handed the field to their allies from the apostates, impeded the Shari'a, altered the religion, and waged war on those who have wanted to wage jihad and expel the occupiers- to hurry to repent and turn back towards God before the arrows of the mujahideen come upon them, and the armies of the monotheists gain power over them, for those over whom the squadrons of the group gain power, there is no repentance for them after that, and the sword is most truthful for their necks.
'Indeed those who have believed them disbelieved then believed then disbelieved then have increased in disbelief, it is not for God to forgive them nor to guide them in path'- Surat al-Nusa' 137.
And we call on the masses of the people of al-Sham to hurry to advise and get out those whose affairs they are concerned about in repentance from this apostate group that has corrupted the religion of the people, and has shed the blood of the mujahideen, and has violated their taboos, before they should lose this world and the religion, and they should be killed upon what they are as disbelievers, in the path of the enemy of God al-Jowlani [referring to the leader of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham].
The Exalted has said: 'Indeed those who have disbelieved and died as disbelievers, there will not be accepted from any of them the filling of the Earth with gold even if he were to offer it as ransom. For those people is a painful torment, and they will have no supporters'- Surat Al Imran 91.
'Those who have believed fight in the path of God and those who have disbelieved fight in the path of the Taghut, so fight the allies of Satan. Indeed Satan's plot has been weak'- Surat al-Nisa' 76.
And we call on the mujahideen Muslims to respond to the command of God and join the convoy and support the oppressed, before calamity befalls you, then you will not be supported in your abandonment of your Muslim brothers and sisters.
And there has come in the hadith from the Prophet (SAWS) that he said: 'It is not for a man to forsake a Muslim man in a situation in which his sacrosanctity is being violated and in which his honour is being diminished, except that God has forsaken him in a place in which he desires His support. And it is not for a man to support a Muslim in a place in which his honour is being diminished and his sacrosanctity violated except that God has supported him in a place in which he desires His support'- hadith narrated by Abu Dawoud and it is sound.
This is the first of the declared operations for the group against the apostates of the Hay'a by which we have wanted to spread the call to the people and warn them, and by God's permission it will not be its last, and out fighting of you will continue until God rules between us and you and God is the best of those who judge.
And praise be to God the Lord of the Worlds.
Published on 24 Jumada al-Awal 1442 AH.
'Breaking: amni operation undertaken by your brothers in the Abdullah bin Unais Group:
Assault of the 'al-Mutlaq' checkpoint on dawn of Friday 24 Jumada al-Awal 1442 AH: the initial toll of the operation by God's grace: 3 of the security personnel killed.'