Like Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna and the Naqshbandi Army (JRTN), the Salafi Jaysh al-Mujahideen joined in the series of denials of al-Hayat’s report of participating in a delegation to Washington to discuss National Guard formation plans. Like JRTN, Jaysh al-Mujahideen has also suffered at the expense of the Islamic State’s (IS) expansion, having been forced to withdraw from al-Karma town (to the east of Fallujah in Anbar province) in late August in the wake of clashes with IS. Since that time, evidence of Jaysh al-Mujahideen activity has become increasingly scarce, though there are hints of ongoing operations on the peripheries of Baghdad in areas such as al-Yusufiya to the south. Meantime, in areas under IS domination such as Mosul, Jaysh al-Mujahideen can only be thought to have an underground presence, with an anti-IS insurgent source more recently reporting the arrest of a Jaysh al-Mujahideen leader in Mosul.
Statement (original here)
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful,
Statement denying what was reported among the lies in the newspaper al-Hayat.
Thanks to God the Lord of the Worlds, and peace and prayers be upon the our leader Muhammad and all his family and companions. As for what follows:
How numerous are the ‘reliable’ sources the London newspaper al-Hayat offers to its readers for insight, and despite the fact that anyone who follows them must know they repeatedly lie and are to be rejected, it is nonetheless the case that some of these falsehoods require a response to them and a need to prevent them from creating a distorted picture especially for one who is ignorant of the truth of their lies and the disseminator’s motives, with cutting off the path for the one who hunts for these lies and promotes them.
Among the latest of the exposed falsehoods relate to a ‘reliable’ source for the newspaper in its report on a delegation from the Sunni provinces visiting Washington, that ‘a number of the important armed factions- not named- agreed on the idea of forming the National Guard and joining it.’ Then the newspaper gave a reminder that these factions were represented directly or indirectly in the delegation to Washington, and mentioned from all the factions of which it spoke the group of Jaysh al-Mujahideen.
Indeed we declare this news false, and denounce the newspaper and its ‘reliable’ source as liars. And we issue a warning again to whosoever stirs up falsehood for himself against the group and slanders the jihad of its sons, just as we warn whosoever adorns himself with his demon of speaking in the name of the group…Indeed the stances of the group regarding these projects have been made perfectly clear and have been announced, and these sorts of lies do not disturb/alter them. So don’t be deceived oh our people by what the enemies adorn from projects whose original intent and purpose are to strike the Ahl al-Sunna. And the talk of establishing the ‘National Guard’ is nothing but a new game intended to exploit the Ahl al-Sunna as fuel for Iran’s war on the Ahl al-Sunna and fodder to implement America’s plans, implicating them in an internal war to distract them from liberating their land from the evils of the Majus [Persian Zoroastrians] and the Crusaders.
Media Committee of Jaysh al-Mujahideen.
11 Sufr 1436 AH
3 December 2014.