A jihadist commander of Jaysh al-Izza, Abdul Baset al-Sarout, was wounded in clashes in the northern fields of Hama in Syria. He had risen to infamy when he was videoed in 2012 claiming that “All Alevites will be wiped out.” He later accepted the command of ISIS in 2014 but later joined as a commander to Jaysh al-Izza. He was lifted to a hospital in Hatay, Turkey where he subsequently died. A funeral ceremony was organized for Al-Sarout in Reyhanli, Turkey
Abdul Baset al-Sarout, a commander for the jihadist organization Jaysh al-Izza was severely wounded in a Syrian army artillery attack. He died yesterday (June 8th) in the hospital he was transported to in Reyhanli, Turkey.
A mass funeral was called for Abdul Baset al-Sarout at the Tevhid Mosque in Reyhanli. After the funeral prayer, his body was sent to Syria with participants chanting “Allah is great.”
District Governor, “This type of provocations will not be tolerated”
Fatih Çobanoğlu, the District Governor of Reyhanli, using his personal twitter account said, “To send off the body of a Syrian opposition commander in a funeral procession with Syrian flags and chants in an unauthorized rally is unacceptable and is very irresponsible. I want it to be known that these kinds of actions that are open for provocations will not be tolerated. I want to thank the people of Reyhanli who maintained their calm and dignity throughout this event.”
Answering a question from one of his followers, the district governor replied, “We will not permit this to happen again.”
Tekrarına müsaade etmeyeceğiz.
— Fatih Çobanoğlu (@CobanogluF) June 9, 2019
Who is Abdul Baset al-Sarout?
Sources close to the Syrian opposition wrote that Al-Sarout was born in Humus, played soccer professionally and appeared as a leader in the events after 2011.
Al-Sarout was, for sure, a name that appeared as a “leader.”
In an event he participated, he was leading the chants to those around him promising, “We will wipe out the Alevites.” Al-Sarout later formed the organization known as the “Bayada Martyrs’ Brigade” under the FSA which is active in the countryside surrounding the town of Humus.
Before the "free world" sheds tears on #AbdulBasetSarout, this "revolutionary figure" believed in:
– Genocide against religious minorities
– Islamic State
– Vowed allegiance to ISIS in 2014#Syria pic.twitter.com/KAd5wjIaNf
— Kevork Almassian (@KevorkAlmassian) June 8, 2019
After the 2014 defeat of FSA in Humus, Al-Sarout and his army left the town and later he accepted ISIS’s rule. News related to these can be found in the sources known to be close to the Syrian opposition.
After ISIS’s defeat in Syria and Iraq, al-Sarout went to Idlib province and finally joined the Jaysh al-Izza organization. This group, active around the North part of Hama and in the Ghab valley, is known for its close ties to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham whose formation was led by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly al-Nusra Front).