September 23, 2006
Big News: bin Laden dead; Bigger News: Ansar al Sunnah Head Captured!
Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta today! First, bin Laden is reportedly dead. Or dying. Or whatever. In any event, I don't believe it. But it's the kind of rumor I dig. Thanks to everyone that e-mailed it to me. The way I read the report, though, was not that bin Laden is dead, but that he is very sick. (knock on wood either way)
But a much bigger story is that the leader of Ansar al Sunnah, Muntasir al-Jibouri, has been captured! This is big news. And unlike the bin Laden 'news', this one seems likely to be true.
We should be shouting for joy that the leader of Ansar al Sunnah has been captured. This should just as big as when we got Zarqawi. It is that important.
Ansar al Sunnah's organizational structure is not as well know as al Qaeda's. It appears, though, that al-Jibouri's voice can be heard on at least two hostage murder videos-and probably many many more (thanks to Mike for the reminder). Like Zarqawi, al Jibouri is said to have personally murdered many of Ansar al Sunna's victims.
For awhile, Abu Musab al Zarqawi and the terrorist bastards at Ansar al Sunna appeared to be in a pissing match over who could behead the most civilians. Just this month the group posted a gruesome video of the beheading of 3 Iraqis.
Who are Ansar al Sunna, you say? I don't blame you for not knowing, I blame the ignorant press. And the Democrats. The press because they speak of insurgents in Iraq, and not terrorists. And the Democrats because they speak as if any one who is not formally within al Qaeda is not a terrorist. Eg., Saddam did not support terrorists because there was no link to al Qaeda. Idiots.
Ansar al Sunnah is the second worst terrorist organization in Iraq. They are probably made up of the remnants of Ansar al Islam, and mostly operate in Iraq's North. They are also Kurds. Occasional they pull off an operation in Kurdistan, but the Peshmerga (Kurdish fighters, secularists) have effectively wiped them out. The Kurds know what to do with Islamist terrorists. They kill them.
So, Ansar pretty much sticks to areas bordering Kurdistan now, where there are sizeable Kurdish minorities or mixed areas.
How bad are they? Think Zarqawi bad. You know, murdering hostages. Beheading them. Killing collaboraters and apostates. The whole Salaafi nine yards. Scroll to the end of this post for some of their most nefarious deeds.
They even cooperate with al Qaeda from time to time. In fact, al Qaeda and Ansar al Sunnah both have a mutual terrorist lineage in Ansar al Islam. You'll recall that Abu Musab al Zarqawi was once a member of that group before the invasion. After the war, Zarqawi took the Arab and foreign fighters out of Kurdistan and into Anbar and formed Tawhid wal Jihad, which later became al Qaeda.
Abu Abdullah al-Hassan bin Mahmoud took the remaining Kurds and formed Ansar al Sunna. It is not clear to me when Muntasir al-Jibour became the leader of Ansar or if one is the spiritual leader and the other the on-the-ground leader.
Recently a rumor began circulating on jihadi boards that Ansar al Sunnah was going to join the Salaafist umbrella group called the Mujahidin Shura Council. Evan Kohlmann thought it was a bad sign.
Me? Did I mention I was a prophet? This is what I said upon hearing those rumors about Ansar al Sunna joining the Mujahidin Shura Council:
Lastly, from a counter-terror standpoint, Ansar joining the MSC could be used to our advantage. For those who think about these things, let me leave it at: Kirkuk, Peshmerga, fahget about the Geneva Conventions, and then connect the dots from there.Can you say there is no God but God and Rusty is his prophet?
Long time Jawa readers know just how much we despise Ansar al Sunnah. To refresh your memory on just how bad Ansar is, here are a few reminders. This is just a sample of how bad Ansar is:
Army of Ansar al-Sunnah Website: Japanese Hostage Akihiko Murdered
Ansar al Sunna Beheads 3 On Video [Images/Video]
Ansar al Sunna Kills 3 Iraqis on Video
Iraqi, Turk Beheaded by Army of Ansar al-Sunna
Ansar al Sunna beheads Turkish truck driver on video
Ansar al Sunnah murders Barie Nafi'a Daoud Ibrahim on video
12 Nepalese Hostages Killed, 1 Beheaded by Ansar al Sunna
Ansar al Sunnah beheads 'CIA spy'
Ansar al Sunna beheads yet another 'CIA agent'
Army of Ansar al-Sunna Attacks 'CIA' Vehicle (Images & Video)
Ansar al Sunnah beheads Iraqi officer
Marine Snipers Attacked; Ansar al-Sunnah Claims to Hold One Marine Hostage
Army of Ansar al-Sunnah--In SWEDEN!?!?!
Ansar al-Sunna finds 'Safe Haven' in Sweden, Issues Death Fatwa Against Christian Minister
Army of Ansar al Sunnah Praises John Kerry for Criticizing Bush--claim proof terrorism works