Al-Qaeda-Inspired Group Launches as Islamic State Alternative in Pakistan

AFP/STR

Breitbart, by Edwin Mora, Sept. 12, 2017:

Former al-Qaeda fighters have launched a new group in terrorist safe haven Pakistan for jihadists who have severed ties with the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in the region.

Although the new group claims it has no official links to al-Qaeda or any other foreign terrorist group, it concedes that Osama bin Laden, the former al-Qaeda leader who was killed by the U.S. military, inspired its ideology, reports Voice of America (VOA).

ISIS and al-Qaeda are considered to be enemies.

Two former al-Qaeda members who had grown disgruntled with the terrorist group this year reportedly assembled the new jihadist group, dubbed Ansar al-Sharia Pakistan.

“The group was allegedly created to operate as a platform for militants who have parted ways with IS [Islamic State] in the country, it said in an online statement. It claimed to be active in several parts of the country,” notes VOA.

In an announcement disseminated through a Twitter account, Ansar al-Sharia Pakistan declared, “We give glad tidings to Muslim Ummah [community] that a large number of Mujahideen [jihadists] from Karachi, Punjab, and tribal areas are leaving ranks of IS and announce disassociation with [it].”

ISIS has “spread differences” and “secession instead of unity,” said the new terrorist group, which has vowed to continue its struggle through “jihad” against “infidel and apostates.”

VOA concedes that it was unable to independently verify the authenticity of the Twitter account linked to the newly formed jihadist organization.

However, the counterterrorism department of the Karachi police has acknowledged the new group’s existence, revealing that it maintains a presence in the Pakistani territory between Sindh and Baluchistan provinces.

Pakistani authorities believe the newly-emerged group primarily operates out of Pakistan’s largest city Karachi, which is also considered to house a significant presence of terrorists affiliated with the South Asia-based al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) branch.

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Saeed, the head of the Rangers paramilitary security force in Karachi, told local reporters that among the members of the new group are individuals with masters degrees in applied physics.

As it expanded its foothold in Pakistan, the local Islamic State branch known as the Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) reportedly recruited from a pool of individuals with sophisticated skills at universities across the country, including students, doctors, lawyers, journalists, and businessmen, and also used women for its fundraising operations.

Maj. Saeed revealed that Ansar al-Sharia Pakistan also has female members.

Terrorist groups in the region, namely the Pakistani Taliban or Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), have been engaged in efforts to recruit female jihadists, taking a page from ISIS’s playbook.

The U.S. military has linked TTP with the Islamic State, noting that the majority of ISIS-K members are former Pakistani Taliban jihadists.

Afghan and Pakistani Taliban members considered themselves to belong to two distinct groups with separate goals and led by different people.

The formation of the new jihadist group is a testament to the ongoing presence of al-Qaeda in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, nearly 16 years after the U.S. military was deployed to defeat the terrorist organization in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the American homeland.

Despite the trillions of American taxpayer dollars invested in defeating the Afghan Taliban and its ally al-Qaeda in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the thousands of U.S. military service members killed and injured trying to carry out that mission, the two groups are believed to have grown stronger in recent years.

In its latest assessment of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, which began in October 2001, the Pentagon notes:

The Afghanistan-Pakistan border region remains a sanctuary for various groups, including al Qaeda, al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the Haqqani Network, Lashkar-e- Tayyiba, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), ISIS-K, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Sanctuary on the Pakistan side and presence on the Afghan side remain a security challenge for both countries and pose a threat to regional security and stability.

Echoing Indian and Afghan officials, the Pentagon has long accused Pakistan of harboring terrorist groups, particularly the Afghan Taliban, al-Qaeda, and their ally the Haqqani Network, considered one of the top threats facing U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Islamabad denies the allegations.

Ansar al-Sharia Pakistan, the newly formed terrorist group, has already been linked to several terrorist attacks in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi, notes VOA, citing counterterrorism authorities in Islamabad.

The name “Ansar al-Sharia” has been used by jihadists groups in various countries affiliated with al-Qaeda.

In particular, the allegedly dissolved al-Qaeda affiliate in Libya that the U.S. believes was behind the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans called itself Ansar al-Sharia in Libya (ASL).

Nevertheless, the newly-formed Ansar al-Sharia Pakistan insists it is not officially linked to any foreign terrorist organization, particularly al-Qaeda.

Bulletin of Christian Persecution October 8, 2012 – October 29, 2012

 

October 8, 2012 Egypt Mohammad Mostafa Kamel, a Muslim prosecutor at the Alexandria Criminal Court, and his two sons, aided by some hired Muslims, broke into the church of the St. Mary in Rashid at and demolished a great part of its altar. They came to the church with front loaders. Kamel had no demolition order.

Tanzania Bishop Bernadin Mfumbusa of Kondoa warned that religious freedom and other civil liberties were under threat from intolerant radical Muslim influences sweeping in from countries neighbouring the east African nation.

“We see more and more itinerant preachers from Saudi Arabia and Sudan entering this country – and Muslims are increasingly making political demands.” These demands include extending Islamic Sharia law and making everyone subject to it – Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

October 9, 2012 Indonesia  Twin explosions rocked the restive district of Poso, Central Sulawesi, on Tuesday as the region’s ongoing sectarian violence continued. No one was injured in the blasts, which targeted the home of a Christian public employee and a church.

Pakistan Shumaila Bibi, a Christian, was kidnapped by a 26 year old Muslim Muhammad Javed Iqbal on the way home. She was subjected to sexual assault and forced to study the Koran. On a pretext she managed to escape and return to her family.

October 11, 2012 Pakistan (h/t to JihadWatch) A mob led by Islamic clerics ransacked the home of a teenage Christian boy in Pakistan’s Karachi city and set fire to furniture and some other household articles after he was accused of sending text messages with blasphemous content. More HERE.

October 12, 2012 Bosnia (h/t to thereligionofpeace) Christians are massively leaving post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina amid mounting discrimination and Islamization. There are just 440,000 Catholics left in the Balkan nation, half the prewar figure.

Pakistan (h/t to JihadWatch) Militant Muslims attacked St. Francis of Assisi Parish church, smashing windows and doors, tearing up holy books and destroying cars.

October 13, 2012 Iran (h/t to thereligionofpeace) Massive arrests of evangelical Protestant Christians, including many former Muslims, are reported in Iran, with men and women being dragged to prisons across the Islamic nation. “We have learned that at least 100, but perhaps as many as 400 people, have been detained over the last 10 days,” said Firouz Khandjani, a council member of the ‘Church of Iran’ house church movement.
Tanzania Violent clashes erupted in Dar es Salaam when scores of Muslim youth stormed a police station and demanded that a 14-year-old boy accused of urinating on the Quran be handed over to them. In the aftermath of the confrontation, at least five churches were attacked, several car windows smashed and passersby injured as the angry mob moved from street to street at Mbagala Kizuiani protesting the desecration of the holy book.

October 14, 2012 Pakistan Pastor Karama Patras, an Evangelist and famous for healing crusades in Pakistan was arrested on October 13, 2012, on accusations of blasphemy by police after taking him in preventive custody when Muslim mob attacked his home.

October 16, 2012 Iran An official of one of Iran’s largest house church movement says recently detained church members are tortured and otherwise pressured to confess to crimes they did not commit. “We are especially concerned about seven Christians of our church who were taken to prison on Friday,” October 12, said Church of Iran council member Firouz Khandjani.

October 17, 2012 Nigeria No fewer than 30 persons were feared killed and property worth several millions of naira destroyed in a renewed hostility by suspected Fulani [Muslim] herdsmen in Yogbo Village in Guma. The attackers stormed the village at about 7a.m. on Sunday when most of the villagers were in church and killed mostly women and children.

Indonesia (h/t to thereligionofpeace ) The city is back in the limelight for acts of violence and terror probably related to Muslim extremism, this after years of relative calm following a peace accord signed in 2001 by radical Muslim groups and Protestant Christian movements.
In the past few days, the port city in central Sulawesi has been the scene of attacks against Christian-owned buildings. Two missing policemen, who were investigating one recent attack, were found yesterday, stabbed to death, their bodies hurriedly buried.

October 18, 2012 Egypt (h/t to thereligionofpeace) A Muslim gang led by Ali Hussein attempted to kidnap a Coptic Christian mother. A member of the woman’s family rejected the demands and Hussein shot him. Before the struggle was over, four men were dead.

Indonesia (h/t thereligionofpeace) Authorities in Banda Aceh ordered the closure of nine Christian home churches and six Buddhist prayer houses for alleged irregularities in their building permit. According to Deputy Mayor Hajjah Illiza Sa’aduddin Djamal, the buildings were illegal because they lacked the right permit. “Aceh is a special territory that enforces Sharia,” she said and home churches violate the law because they lack the appropriate building permit.

October 21, 2012 Nigeria (h/t to thereligionofpeace) At least hundreds of residents began fleeing northeastern Nigeria Sunday, October 21, after three days of Islamic attacks against churches and other targets left dozens dead.

Pakistan (h/t to thereligionofpeace) A Muslim mob ransacked the home of a 16 year old Christian boy whom they accused of sending a blasphemous text message.

October 22, 2012 Pakistan A young Christian woman was kidnapped on her way to work at a hospital by armed Muslim men.

October 23, 2012 Indonesia The city of Poso, in the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi, has been the scene of renewed sectarian violence against the local Protestant minority. Overnight on Sunday, unknown assailants set fire to the Madele Pentecostal Church.

Syria Up to 10 people were killed and 15 wounded as the charge detonated at the historical gate of Bab Touma, a busy pick up point for taxis and buses. “Terrorists are doing this,” said George, a Christian who, like many residents in Bab Touma lives in fear of the rebel fighters trying to gain control of the capital.

October 24, 2012 Indonesia A home-made bomb was found and defused at a Christian high school in Tonipa hamlet in Poso.

Pakistan (h/t to JihadWatch) The High Court ordered a Christian girl who had been kidnapped by a Muslim man and forcibly married to him to return to his home as his wife.

October 25, 2012 Syria (h/t to thereligionofpeace) A Greek Orthodox priest has been found slain after being kidnapped near the Syrian capital of Damascus. The body of the Rev. Fadi Jamil Haddad, pastor of St. Elias Church in Qatana, outside Damascus, was discovered in the Jaramana district of the capital. The Vatican agency quoted a colleague saying the priest had been “horribly tortured.”

October 28, 2012 Nigeria A [Muslim] suicide attacker drove a jeep packed with explosives into Catholic church in Nigeria during morning mass yesterday, killing at least eight people and wounding another 100. The majority of the victims were children. More HERE.

October 29, 2012 Egypt (h/t to thereligionofpeace) Five Egyptian Coptic Christians were injured Sunday in clashes with a Muslim mob at a church in a village south of Cairo, security sources said. The violence took place as Muslim villagers attempted to block access to the church as the Coptic faithful arrived from throughout the area to attend Sunday mass. More HERE.

 
Produced by politicalislam.com

Publisher: Bill Warner; Edited by Asma Marwan

Permalink