March 17, 2012
Ansar al-Sunnah Leader Arrested Crossing Into Syria
FALLUJAH, Iraq — Iraqi security forces on Wednesday arrested the head of Ansar al-Sunna, a Sunni insurgent group said to be linked to Al-Qaeda, the counter-terrorism chief for Anbar province said.More on al-Qaeda and related groups recent activity in Libya and Syria here at Frontline"
"Iraqi forces today arrested the leader of Ansar al-Sunna, Walid Khaled Ali, as he tried to illegally infiltrate into Iraqi territory from Syria," Brigadier General Khaled al-Dulaimi told AFP.
He "tried to cross on foot near Al-Walid border post" into Anbar province in western Iraq, Dulaimi said.
...Ansar al-Sunna is an ultra-conservative Sunni Salafist group that has claimed several attacks against US and Iraqi security forces.
The news comes just a week after Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified to Congress that Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) is extending its reach into Syria and may have been behind high-profile suicide attacks on state facilities in Damascus in December and in Aleppo earlier this month.As they say, read the rest.
FRONTLINE turned to Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism expert at the New America Foundation, to understand more about AQI’s ties to Syria and the likelihood that it is behind the recent attacks.“In Libya, Egypt and Tunisia, Al Qaeda didn’t have a lot of game on the ground. They didn’t have major networks where they could exploit their own authority and influence in those rebellions. In Syria they do have those networks.”
Hat Tip: Azmat.
Update: More bad Karma for Syria.
Three people were killed in a car bomb blast in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Sunday, opposition activists said.
At least 25 others were wounded in the explosion, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Syrian state television described the blast as a "terrorist explosion" that occurred between two residential buildings. Opposition activists said the bomb detonated near the city's political security branch.
The blast occurred a day after a series of explosions in Damascus that killed dozens.
A Syrian rebel leader vehemently refuted the government's claim that so-called "terrorists" -- not the regime itself -- were behind the Damascus attacks.