December 06, 2004

Army of Ansar al-Sunnah Website Update

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UPDATE 5/10: Army of Ansar al-Sunna website releases images of Japanese hostage Akihiko Saito. Images, story, and link to website.
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The photos that apper here were all taken from the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah's website. CNN reports that al-Sunnah has been up to a lot lately. The photos that follow the article are propaganda by the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah showing that these men had relationship with the 'Zionist Crusader Forces'. Thus, the murder of a truck driver becomes an execution of a collaborator:

The attacks, focused in Baghdad and several cities to the north, appeared to be aimed at scaring off those who cooperate with the American military -- whether police, national guardsmen, or ordinary people just looking for a paycheck.

They also have targeted Kurdish militiamen and Shiite worshippers in a possible bid to foment sectarian and ethnic unrest....

Sunday's bloodshed began when gunmen opened fire at the bus as it dropped off Iraqis employed by coalition forces at a weapons dump in Tikrit, 80 miles (129 kilometers) north of Baghdad, said Capt. Bill Coppernoll, spokesman for the Tikrit-based U.S. 1st Infantry Division. Coppernoll said 17 people died and 13 wounded in the attack.

Survivors said about seven guerrillas were involved, emptying their clips into the bus before fleeing. The bodies of the victims were brought to a morgue too small to hold them all; some were left in the street.

About an hour later, a suicide car bomber drove into an Iraqi National Guard checkpoint in Beiji, 75 miles (121 kilometers) to the north, detonating his explosives-packed vehicle, Coppernoll said. Gunmen then opened fire on the position. Three guardsmen, including a company commander, were killed and 18 wounded, Coppernoll said.

The extremist Ansar al-Sunnah Army, one of Iraq's most feared terror groups, claimed responsibility for the Tikrit attack. The statement, which appeared on the group's Web site, claimed 20 people were slain.

"We tell all those who work with the crusaders: 'This is your fate sooner or later. We're setting up ambushes for you. Repent ... to save your lives,"' said the statement, which couldn't be verified.

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Here is another image from their fatwa page. As you can clearly see, while all Zionist collaboraters get the death warrant issued, none for Rusty Shackleford. What does a guy have to do to get a fatwa issued against him!!! Let me know if you want the URL (I got it from Internet Hagganah), but it changes fast becaue they use free servers. Doesn't using a free server sound awful, I dunno, Jewish? Hey, if you can think of a faster way to get a fatwa than calling these guys Jews let me in on the secret!!

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I'm so disappointed not to be mentioned.....yet!

The following images are of two victims right before they are murdered by the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah.

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PS-have you ever wanted to spam a terrorist? Now here is your opportunity!!

ansar-alsonnah@maktoob.com

bareed-alansar@maktoob.com

un-bareed-alansar@maktoob.com

Couble PS-Rocco sent me this cool link from the American Enterprise Institute on the history of Ansar al-Sunnah. Check out the whole thing, but here is a teaser:

Ansar al-Sunna, which officially declared its existence in a September 20, 2003 Internet statement, evolved from the coalescence of Kurdish Ansar al-Islam operatives, foreign al-Qaeda terrorists, and newly mobilized Iraqi Sunnis. "A group of mujahidin . . . have gathered a number of scattered jihad factions and groups operating in the arena from north to south and formed a big army under one emir," its inaugural statement declares.[10] The independent Kurdish newspaper Hawlati traced the formation of the group to a schism within Ansar al-Islam dating back to July 2002.[11]

The intelligence services of the Kurdistan Democratic Party [KDP] and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan disagree slightly as to the identity of the group's self-declared emir, Abu Abdullah al-Hassan bin Mahmoud. The Los Angeles Times, relying on KDP sources, reported Abu Abdullah to be a Jordanian with close ties to Osama bin Laden and an associate of Abdullah Shafi, an Ansar al-Islam leader who took control of that group following the arrest in Norway of Mullah Krekar.[12] Hawlati, apparently relying on PUK sources, said that Abu Abdullah is the brother of Abdullah al-Shami, whom it identified as an Ansar al-Islam commander killed in battle with PUK peshmerga (which would suggest that he is Kurdish).[13] According to Hawlati, Abu Abdullah's deputies, in order of rank, are Hemin Bani Shari and Umar Bazynai. Hawlati alleges that Bani Shari was once a KDP peshmerga. Subsequent claims of responsibility and statements indicate that in addition to its political leadership, Ansar al-Sunna maintains both military and information operation committees.

Ansar al-Islam adheres to a rigid Salafi ideology. Its founding declaration states that "jihad in Iraq has become an individual duty of every Muslim after the infidel enemy attacked the land of Islam" and that its members "deriv[e] their jihad program and orders from the instructions of the holy Koran and the Prophet [Muhammad]'s Sunna (tradition)."[14] The goal of Ansar al-Sunna is to achieve in Iraq "the Muslims' hope of an Islamic country where Islam and its people are strong."[15]

Ansar al-Sunna unequivocally presents itself as a pan-Islamic movement. Of seven Ansar al-Sunna suicide bombers who have given pre-operation interviews on video, the accents and appearance of six clearly suggest that they are non-Iraq Arabs; one is an Iraqi Kurd.[16] This is not bombast its membership does appears to be increasingly pan-Islamic (or, at any rate, pan-Arab). In February 2004, Italian police arrested a Abdelkader Laagoub, a 38-year-old Moroccan, after they analyzed a computer in his possession and found that it had been used to author Ansar al-Sunna claims of responsibilities.[17] Two months later, Swedish authorities arrested four suspected members of the group in Stockholm and Malmo, one of whom was a Lebanese-born Swede (the other three were Iraqi).[18] These arrests contradict the initial US military assumption that Ansar al-Sunna was homegrown in Iraq.[19] Unfortunately, the US military appears to de-emphasize the involvement of forces external to Iraq to mitigate criticism of porous border security.[20]

According to Iraqi intelligence officers, captured Ansar al-Sunna militants have confessed to receiving assistance from Iranian and Syrian officials.[21] PUK leader Jalal Talabani has also accused neighboring countries of providing haven and passage for Ansar al-Sunna terrorists.[22]

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:27 PM | Comments |