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  • Iraqi Terror Group Boast Kerry Criticisms of Bush "Increased the Joy in Our Heart"

    10/20/2004 8:48:56 PM PDT · by anonpenetfi · 26 replies · 1,306+ views ^ | 10/21/04 | 10/21/04 "Those of us from the Ansar Al-Sunnah Army celebrate and congratulate the Muslims and all of our mujahideen brothers in the Tawheed wal-Jihad Movement on the occasion of their inclusion on the list of terrorists... Praise be to Allah, it increased the joy in our hearts that John Kerry, the presidential candidate, has criticized the Bush government for taking so long in making this declaration. The one who may become the president of America is already struck with terror by our brothers from the Tawheed wal-Jihad Movement. The repeated attacks that have targeted the evil Bush are now...
  • Ansar al-Sunnah Army Publishes Photos of Twelve Nepalese Contract Workers Held Captive in Iraq

    08/22/2004 12:56:44 PM PDT · by anonpenetfi · 4 replies · 2,169+ views ^ | August 22, 2004 | (8/22/04): The Ansar al-Sunnah Army in Iraq has published fourteen photos that allegedly depict a dozen captives taken within the past few days from among a group of Nepalese contract workers. In a statement published on August 21, Ansar al-Sunnah had explained, "these infidels carried out contracting work for the crusader American forces, and thus they aided and supported them in their fight against Islam and its people"
  • Federal Agents Raid Mosque in Albany

    08/05/2004 6:18:03 AM PDT · by Lady GOP · 69 replies · 1,259+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, August 05, 2004 | Anna Stolley and The Associated Press
    ALBANY, N.Y. — Federal agents and Albany police raided a Muslim mosque overnight Wednesday and arrested two men for helping someone they thought was a terrorist, a law enforcement official confirmed to FOX News on Thursday. A block of downtown Albany (search) was sealed off with armed officers for several hours after the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agents executed search warrants at the Masjid As-Salam mosque (search) and two Albany-area residences, officials said. Yassin Muhhiddin Aref, 34, the Imam of the mosque, and Mohammed Mosharref Hoosain, the 49-year-old founder of the mosque, were arrested early Thursday morning....
  • Italian Authorities Break Up Islamic Cell

    05/09/2004 6:27:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 310+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/9/04 | Frances C. D'Melio - AP
    ROME - Anti-terrorism police arrested the Algerian cleric of a mosque and four Tunisians Sunday in a crackdown authorities said was aimed at preventing an al-Qaida-linked cell from sending suicide attackers to Iraq (news - web sites). The suspects were seized in pre-dawn raids in three cities in the northern Tuscany region, Genoa's Police Chief Oscar Fiorolli said. Genoa, a northern port city, began the investigations that led to the arrests. The suspects allegedly belonged to a cell of Ansar al-Islam, an organization based in northern Iraq with links to al-Qaida, Fiorolli told the Associated Press in Rome in a...
  • Iraqi official at 9-11 plot meeting: U.S. finds documents tying Saddam's man to al-Qaida

    05/27/2004 11:28:26 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 839+ views ^ | May 27, 2004
    Recently translated documents captured by U.S. forces provide new evidence of a direct link between Saddam Hussein's regime and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Rosters of officers in Saddam's Fedayeen list Lt. Col. Ahmed Hikmat Shakir, who was present at the January 2000 al-Qaida "summit" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at which the 9-11 attacks were planned, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Fedayeen was the elite paramilitary group run by Saddam's son Uday, which was deployed to do much of the regime's dirty work. The U.S. has never been sure Shakir was at the Kuala...
  • Officials: Group tied to al-Qaida behind Iraq attacks

    02/13/2004 8:46:10 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 214+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 2/13/04 | Tom Lasseter - Knight Ridder
    <p>BIYARA, Iraq - A terrorist group with ties to al-Qaida that escaped a U.S.-led attack last March has reconstituted itself and is involved in the recent wave of car bombings and other suicide attacks that have killed and wounded hundreds in Iraq, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.</p>
  • Emerging Saddam-al Qaeda Connection!

    04/27/2003 1:44:45 PM PDT · by commiefighter · 12 replies · 277+ views
    London Telegraph, Los Angeles Times ^ | 27 April 2003 | commiefighter
    According to Barton Gellman, writing in the March 23rd edition of the Washington Post, “Al Qaeda leaders, long known to covet biological and chemical weapons, have reached at least the threshold of production and may have manufactured some of them, according to a newly obtained cache of documentary evidence and interrogations recently conducted by the U.S. government.” Gellman describes the al Qaeda biochemical weapons program as being more advanced than originally thought, and included the ability to produce their own low-grade anthrax. This information comes from data captured with Khalid Sheik Mohammed, and is chilling news, but not unexpected. Al...
  • Iraqi town revels in new freedom

    09/11/2003 7:16:50 PM PDT · by saquin · 16 replies · 1,276+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 9/12/03 | Scott Peterson
    Biyara, controlled by militant Islamists until the US-led war, is wary of news that such groups may be returning. By Scott Peterson | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor BIYARA, IRAQ - The merchant shuddered when told that Islamic militants of Ansar Al Islam - the Al Qaeda-backed group dispersed by American bombs last March - may be returning to Iraq. "If they come to my orchard, I will shoot them myself!" vows Shaho Abdulkarim, a merchant-smuggler with a perfect moustache. Such a visceral reaction is common in this village on Iraq's northeastern border with Iran, where Ansar imposed...
  • Terror Group Seen as Back Inside Iraq

    08/09/2003 6:48:38 PM PDT · by syriacus · 7 replies · 153+ views
    New York Times ^ | Aug. 9, 2003 | MICHAEL R. GORDON
    The American-led administration in Iraq has received intelligence reports that hundreds of Islamic militants who fled Iraq during the war have returned and are planning to conduct major terrorist attacks. L. Paul Bremer III, the top civilian administrator in Iraq, said in an interview on Friday night that fighters from Ansar al-Islam, a militant organization that the United States tried to destroy during the war, had escaped to Iran and then slipped back across the border into Iraq. He said hundreds of the militants were now in Iraq, where they were preparing to attack the occupation forces or administration. Advertisement...
  • Norway charges Kurdish Islamist with terrorism

    03/21/2003 5:10:23 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 224+ views
    Reuters | Friday, March 21, 2003
    Norway charges Kurdish Islamist with terrorism OSLO, March 21 (Reuters) - The Iraqi Kurdish leader of Ansar al-Islam, accused by Washington of having ties to al Qaeda, was charged with terrorist offences on Friday in Norway, his lawyer said. Mullah Krekar was detained late on Thursday on the grounds he might flee the country while under police investigation into his links to Ansar al-Islam (Supporters of Islam), which Washington labels a terrorist group. "He has been charged with terrorism," his attorney Brynjar Meling told Reuters outside an Oslo courtroom where judges were considering whether there were sufficient grounds to keep...
  • Militants flee a former stronghold

    03/30/2003 6:25:49 AM PST · by RJCogburn · 6 replies · 238+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/30/2003 | Charles M. Sennott
    <p>The former stronghold of the militant Islamic group Ansar al-Islam looked like a ghost town yesterday, after die-hard fighters fled into a network of caves and bunkers in the rugged, mountainous terrain along the Iranian border.</p> <p>The militants were chased out Friday under heavy bombardment by US special forces troops and Kurdish soldiers. Fighting resumed at dusk yesterday amid reports US forces were under fire on a ridge above Sargat, another village held by the guerrillas.</p>
  • U.S. troops search for chemical, biological weapons Iraqi camp source of ricin found in London

    03/31/2003 12:45:15 AM PST · by Kay Soze · 2 replies · 467+ views
    CNN ^ | 3-31-03 | CNN
    <p>NORTHERN IRAQ (CNN) --U.S. forces have begun combing a bombed site in northern Iraq in search of chemical and biological weapons after airstrikes hit the facility this weekend, the top U.S. general said Sunday.</p> <p>The complex is believed to be where the lethal poison ricin was produced for an alleged plot to attack London, England, that has since been foiled, said Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.</p>
  • Raid Finds al-Qaida Tie to Iraq Militants (Strongest Evidence Yet)

    03/31/2003 8:07:17 PM PST · by truthandlife · 55 replies · 541+ views
    - A U.S.-led assault on a compound controlled by an extremist Islamic group turned up a list of names of suspected militants living in the United States and what may be the strongest evidence yet linking the group to al-Qaida, coalition commanders said Monday. The cache of documents at the Ansar al-Islam compound, including computer discs and foreign passports belonging to Arab fighters from around the Middle East, could bolster the Bush administration's claims that the two groups are connected, although there was no indication any of the evidence tied Ansar to Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) as Washington...
  • Militant group working on chemical weapons, U.S. specialists find

    04/01/2003 9:01:37 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 271+ views
    Knight Ridder Newspapers | April 1, 2003 | Jonathan S. Landay
    HALABJA, Iraq - U.S. specialists have discovered evidence that a Kurdish Islamic militant group that the Bush administration has linked to al-Qaida was concocting chemical weapons in the mountains of northeastern Iraq, a U.S. military commander said Tuesday. The special forces soldiers also found recipes for three forms of chlorine gas and for ricin, a deadly toxin derived from castor beans, American intelligence officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. U.S. aircraft, 100 American special forces and more than 8,000 Kurdish fighters on Friday swept the Ansar al Islam ("Partisans of Islam") militants out of the sliver of territory...
  • Ansar al-Islam prepares for suicide attacks

    03/31/2003 3:27:07 PM PST · by ibme · 8 replies · 230+ views
    Daily Times - Pakistan ^ | Tuesday, April 01, 2003 | AFP
    Ansar al-Islam prepares for suicide attacks DUBAI: The militant movement Ansar al-Islam, which Washington links to Al Qaeda and has attacked repeatedly in Iraqi Kurdistan during the war, has redeployed and is preparing suicide attacks against coalition forces, a statement on an Islamist webpage said on Monday. The statement signed by “the Ansar al-Islam commmand” said that “after the air strikes on its bases in northern Iraq by the Crusader invaders, it has decided to move the bases of the mujahideen so as not to be a direct target of air attacks. “Our bases in northern Iraq were completely evacuated...

    03/31/2003 1:07:26 AM PST · by kattracks · 11 replies · 175+ views
    New York Post ^ | 3/31/03 | DEBORAH ORIN
    <p>March 31, 2003 -- WASHINGTON- The U.S.-led coalition has destroyed "a massive terrorist facility" in northern Iraq that al Qaeda may have used to make the deadly ricin found in London, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Richard Myers revealed yesterday.</p> <p>He said some of the bodies found there are "most likely al Qaeda," which could offer a link between Iraq and Osama bin Laden's terror network.</p>
  • Iraqi Kurdish administration issues amnesty to 'misguided' Ansar members

    03/27/2003 8:00:53 PM PST · by gaucho · 3 replies · 164+ views
    KurdSat in Sorani Kurdish ^ | 03/26/2003 | Translated 03/27/2003
    Al-Sulaymaniyah, Iraq: The chairmanship of the [Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, PUK-led, Iraqi] Kurdistan regional government has issued a general amnesty to the misguided Kurds in the ranks of the terrorist Ansar al-Islam. The general amnesty statement said: After the malevolent intentions of the servants of the dictatorial Aflaqi authority, the killer of the Kurds, and the lowly slaves of the terrorist al-Qa'ida band has been exposed, what they [Ansar al-Islam] perpetrate against the masses can be described as nothing but treachery, murder and assault against the Kurds; subservience to the foreigner; perpetration of savage crime; and blatant breach of the...
  • Ansar al-Islam warns of 'heavy losses' to be inflicted on US forces

    03/27/2003 7:52:33 PM PST · by gaucho · 3 replies · 250+ views
    Ansar al-Islam in Sorani Kurdish ^ | 03/26/2003 | Translated 03/27/2003
    [Unattributed report: "Following the martyrdom operation of Anab, the crusaders' B-52 warplanes, intensify their bombardment, using fragmentation and smart bombs"] Following the success of the martyring operation in Anab, which caused significant and heavy damage to the forces of crusaders and apostates, they were forced to hide their losses and prevent journalists and correspondents of satellite TV channels to go to the area. Adding to that, they strongly threatened the media channels that if they reported this operation of Ansar [al-Islam, Kurdish: Pishtiwanani Islam la Kurdistan, PIK], they would be arrested like [the correspondent of] Al-Jazirah, or expelled. As vengeance...
  • Man Blows Himself Up in Northern Iraq

    03/13/2003 4:03:24 PM PST · by Sweet_Sunflower29 · 38 replies · 262+ views ^ | March 13, 2003
    <p>A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up near the home of a prominent Kurdish politician in northern Iraq on Thursday night, officials said.</p> <p>No other casualties were reported.</p> <p>Security officials at the scene said they believed the man was a member of the Islamic extremist group Ansar al-Islam, which the United States has accused of harboring fugitives from Usama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network.</p>
  • Iraq Denies Links to Group Connected to Al-Qaida, Offers to Hand Over WTC Bombing Suspect

    02/21/2003 4:55:48 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 270+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, February 21, 2003 | By Sam F. Ghattas Associated Press Writer
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Iraq has rejected U.S. claims of links to a Kurdish terrorist group believed connected to al-Qaida, and said it has offered to hand over a suspect in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri said Baghdad had no ties to Ansar al-Islam nor an alleged al-Qaida fugitive Abu Musaab Zarqawi, who has been linked to the murder of a U.S. diplomat in Jordan and poison plots in a half-dozen European countries. Sabri, in a 13-page letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to rebut U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation to the...