13 October 2006

Iraq: Terrorist Organizations (Ansar al-Sunnah)

Here is a description of the Ansar al-Sunnah terrorist group from the official website of the Multi-National Force - Iraq:

Ansar al-Sunnah (“Followers of the Tradition”) is a group of Iraqi Jihadists attempting to establish an Islamic state with Shariah law in Iraq. They aim to achieve this by defeating Coalition Forces in the country. To them, Jihad in Iraq is obligatory for all Muslims, and anyone opposed to Jihad is their enemy. The group’s membership is varied, but includes radical Kurds in the Ansar al-Islam, foreign al-Qaidaand other Sunni terrorists.

The Ansar al-Sunnah has targeted coalition military, Iraqi soldiers and governmental institutions, and other political establishments in Iraq which the group treats as puppet regimes of American occupation. The group claims many attacks, many of which are unsubstantiated.

Ansar al-Sunnah has reportedly teamed up with the banned Arab Socialist Ba’th Part and AQI where they pledge to continue and increase attacks on the coalition and Iraqi government forces.

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