This weekend Belgian newspapers De Standaard and De Morgen gave an extensive overview of the developents concerning Belgian Jihadi’s in Syria. This all because of the announcement of the death of ‘Abd ar-Rahmān Ayāshī, a French-Syrian who had left Belgium back in 2012 after he was sentenced to 8 years in jail. ‘Abd ar-Rahmān Ayāshī became a battalion-leader of Suqūr as-Shām, leading about 600 in battle.
Ayāshī was the son of the Sheikh Bassām Ayāshī, a Syrian living in Molenbeek, Brussels. In the past the Ayāshī-family was suspect to several investigations by the Belgian authorities (since September 2009).
A few months ago, the friend of Ayāshī, the French Raphael Gendron (at the right on this pic) was killed in Syria. Perhaps he was one of the first “Belgian” Jihadi’s that got killed in Syria.
In this video Sheikh Ayāshī reacts to the death of his “two” sons in Syria.
Here is a very recent interview with the killed battalion leader published on YouTube today, June 23:
There is no doubt that the deaths of Gendron and Ayāshī are the biggest losses for “our Belgian fighters” in Syria.
Others proven killed are:
- Sean Pidgeon (Brussels)
- Tāriq Taqlitūn (Vilvorde)
- according to Hans Bonte, mayor of Vilvorde, at least two other (unidentified ?) youngsters from his city got killed recently
- a new victim in the ranks of Sharia4Belgium is Nur ad-Din Abouallal aka Abu Mujahid, allegedly killed in Syria last week (around 25th of July). His death was reported by his Belgian wife who stays behind with their two year old son …
Others still fighting in Syria:
- about 33 members of the former Salafi-group Sharia4Belgium that was led by Fu’ād Balkāshim. Best known: Jejoen Bontinck, Brian De Mulder (both from Antwerp) and Hussayn al-Wasākī (supposed leader of the Ansār-brigade of Majlis Shūra al-Mujahidīn near Aleppo – accused of a gruesome beheading)
- about 50 other Belgian Jihadi’s are fighting in Syria according to the sources consulted by De Standaard and De Morgen. According to government officials in Belgium there would be between 80 and 100 Belgian Jihadi’s now fighting the forces of al-Assad …
To be continued …