The General Security directorate of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) announced on September 26 that it had eliminated a senior ISIS Leader in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
In a statement, the General Security said the leader, Youssef Noman Abd Naif al-Jubori, and his guard, Sami Jasim Mohamad Abdullah al-Jubori, were killed in a “security operation” in western Idlib.
Hassan Hassan, a director at the Washington-based Center for Global Policy, revealed that Noman, known by his nom de guerre “Abu al-Harith,” and his guard, who is also known as “Haji Hamed” and “Sami al-Ajouz,” were both working as couriers and coordinators for ISIS between Syria and Iraq.
Abu al-Harith is the brother of Mutaz Abd Naif Noman, “Haji Tayseer,” a member of ISIS’ Delegated Committed and the former Iraq “Wali.”
Both Abu al-Harith (killed this week by HTS in NW Syria) and Hajji Hamed served as the ISIS courier and coordination between the wilayat of Iraq and Syria. And, obviously, both come from the same Iraqi tribe of al-Jubour. pic.twitter.com/KGy1kWJTxR
— Hassan Hassan (@hxhassan) September 27, 2020
HTS, originally Known as the al-Nusra Front, was ISIS’ main branch in Syria. In 2014, al-Nusra, led by Abu Mohamad al-Julani, defected from ISIS in response to Abu Baker al-Baghdad’s declaration of the “Caliphate.”
The two terrorist groups have been involved in a war of attrition since then, despite adopting the same radical ideology and political goals.
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