“Ahrar al-Sham’s leadership replaced notorious commander Abu Saleh al-Tahan with a close companion of Hassan Abboud (Ahrar al-Sham’s former leader),” the sources said.
“The new commander of this terrorist group is a man of Syrian-Turkmen descent, Abu ‘Abdullah al-Shami,” the sources said, adding, “Al-Shami was allegedly imprisoned at Sadnaya prison from 2005-2011 before a general amnesty bill freed him and his future comrades.”
While imprisoned at Sadnaya prison, Abu Abdullah al-Shami developed a close relationship with Hassan Abboud that would last until the latter’s death in 2014.
In relevant developments late in May, Leader of the ISIL Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a directive, ordered the terrorist group’s spokesman to lead his fighters in Raqqa after most of the non-Syrian leaders of the ISIL in the capital of the self-proclaimed Caliphate fled the battlefield towards Mosul in Iraq.
“Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, one of the most notorious fighters of the Takfiri terrorist group, was appointed by al-Baghdadi to lead the ISIL militants in Raqqa,” the sources said, adding, “Adnani is one of the founders of the ISIL special forces (Liwa al-Seddiq), which includes well-trained fighters.”