Fatah al Islam, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group that operates throughout the Middle East, announced the death of the leader of its Al Khilafah Brigades during an ambush in Syria.
Abu Hussam al Shami, who was also known as Abdul Aziz al Kourkli, was killed in an ambush near the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to a martyrdom statement that was released by Fatah al Islam. The statement was released on jihadist forums on Sept. 4 and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.
Fatah al Islam described al Shami as a “Sheikh Mujahid” who “would go from battlefield to battlefield and from front to front in our beloved Syria,” according to the SITE translation.
Fatah al Islam is known to operate in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. In August 2010, Abdulrahman Awad, the leader of Fatah al Islam, was killed along with his deputy, Ghazi Faysal Abdullah, by Lebanese security forces during a clash in the Bekaa Valley. Awad and Abdullah were killed while traveling to Iraq to wage jihad, according to a statement released by Fatah al Islam.