Abdallah al-Muhaysni is an extremist Saudi cleric who has in the last 18 months become the most influential personality among all the Jihadist factions in Syria. He was the man behind the formation of Jaish al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) in March 2015, an alliance of Jabhat al-Nusra (Alqaeda in Syria), Ahrar al-Sham & five other factions. The alliance can be credited with the Jihadist takeover of Idlib, Jisr al-Shughour, Ariha and al-Mastumah. In October 2015, due to internal disagreements, Jaish al-Fateh was suspended temporarily. Muhaysni managed to revive the alliance in April 2016 which was to have a string of military successes in Southern Aleppo leading up to the events of the last week where they launched their biggest campaign yet. Using thousands of suicide fighters – recruited mainly as a result of Muhaysni’s campaigning – and VBIEDS, they have had some success overtaking the Syrian Army’s military colleges in Ramouseh.
This blogpost will comprise a collection of Muhaysni video clips which I added subtitles to and posted on twitter. For more information on the man, refer to this article in the LA Times: Meet the Saudi cleric who’s rallying Syrian rebels.
Let’s start with a video from April in which he launched an attack on Pope Francis after he had received some Syrian refugees at the Vatican:
When in May Jaish al-Fateh successfully took over the town of Khan Touman, he issued a video message from the town in which he to promised step on the necks of the Russians and the Iranians:
The following videos show the very sectarian nature of his ideology:
Here are two videos in which he explains how Muslim businessmen can guarantee themselves a place in paradise with money:
One of Muhaysni’s most successful recruitment tactics involves promising young men 72 virgins in paradise if they get killed in battle. Here is an example:
This next one is a classic. It again deals with the 72 virgins. He gave this talk to the fighters just before the beginning of the latest Aleppo campaign:
Another recruitment tactic is to convince the men that the Shia fighters will have their way with the Sunni women in the towns or cities they are attacking. Here is an example:
This last video shows Muhaysni in a mosque explaining to the men how they can sell their lives to God in exchange for a place in paradise:
After having seen what kind of human being Muhaysni is and the extremist Jihadist ideology he promotes, think about how absurd and contradictory it is that the US, a country which claims to be fighting terrorism, is backing his Jaish al-Fateh in the battle of Aleppo. How ridiculous and embarrassing is it that the US, which itself was a victim of terrorism on September 11, 2001, is supporting an alliance which includes the very group that killed 3000 Americans on that day? Boggles the mind.