The Jaish al-Mujahideen militant group became the first major casualty of the so-called “rebel civil war” in the Syrian province of Idlib.
On January 24 Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) launched a military operation against Jaish al-Mujahideen.
In less than 24 hours, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham units seized Jaish al-Mujahideen’s local HQ in Sarmada, including arms and ammunition depots in Idlib and the group’s HQs in Anadan and Atarib in western Aleppo.
According to local sources, in many cases Jaish al-Mujahideen militants just run away from Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. As result of the clashes, Jaish al-Mujahideen was defated and the vestiges of the group allegedly joined Ahrar al-Sham.
Before the conflict, Jaish al-Mujahideen’s manpower was estimated as 8,000 fighters.
Jaish al-Mujahideen was CIA-backed salafist group, described by the mainstream media as a “moderate rebel group.” Largest former component of Jaish al-Mujahideen was Nour al-Din al-Zenki which supports Jabhat Fatah al-Sham in the ongoing rebel civil war in Idlib.