Iraq's new terrorist threat: Ansar Al Sunnah

February 2005
Middle East;Feb2005, Issue 353, p24
The article reports that Jaish Ansar al Sunnah, the Iraqi extremist group behind the 21 December suicide bombing inside a U.S. military base in the northern city of Mosul, has become one of the most feared organisations engaged in the escalating insurgency against the U.S.-led occupation. The Sunni Muslim group announced its formation on September 20, 2003, advocating a rigid Salafist fundamentalism similar to the Taliban of Afghanistan. According to Kurdish intelligence sources, Ansar Al Sunnah is commanded by its self-declared emir, Abu Abdullah Al Hassan bin Mahmoud, reported by some to be a Jordanian who was in Afghanistan for some time and has close links to Islamic leader Osama bin Laden.


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