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Who is Naser Alsonna and Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

In a new piece Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi looks at one member of Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed. This man is named Naser Alsonna, whose name translates as 'Supporter of the Sunna.' It was published at

For Alsonna's biography, I am largely reliant on the testimony of a cousin of his who still resides in al-Rafeed, the Quneitra locality from which Naser Alsonna originates. In addition, some details have been corroborated by a media activist from the area who worked with Liwa al-Sabteen (a Free Syrian Army-brand group that is the main rebel faction in al-Rafeed) and has since left Syria. The locality of al-Rafeed is located along the border with the Golan Heights, with the current population consisting of original inhabitants and IDPs.

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Naser Alsonna's real name is Nour Allah al-Ghouri. He was born in 1975 and has a number of siblings. One of his siblings has been involved with Liwa al-Sabteen, another with the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, while the rest of them have remained as civilians. After the revolution began, Naser Alsonna joined Liwa al-Sabteen, working with the group as a media activist rather than a fighter. Corroborating this point is Naser Alsonna's own Youtube channel, which features videos from his work as a media activist for Liwa al-Sabteen but also has as its avatar a flag with the words "Islamic State" written on it, indicating his subsequent shift towards that group...

In early 2016, Naser Alsonna left al-Rafeed for the Yarmouk Basin in southwest Deraa, where Islamic State allies in the region had congregated. It is said that he currently works as a Hisba official in Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed.

The article is of interest because little information is known about this ISIS affiliate and its members. For the full article and photos see this link

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