is a Palestinian Salafi-jihadi group that was involved in a number of terrorist operations against Lebanese official targets in the past.
In an interview for the Bulgarian daily "24 Hours," Sheikh Abu Sharif, the spokesman of Asbat al-Ansar, has threatened the Bulgarian government to pull out its troops from Afghanistan before it is too late.
The warning from Asbat al-Ansar came after the Bulgarian Minister of Defense, Anyu Angelov, announced that there are plans to dispatch a 700-strong combat unit to boost its troops in Afghanistan as of 2013.
- the League of Partisans or Band of Helpers - was formed in 1985.
Department of Treasury sanctioned Nuaimi in December 2013 for providing financial support to al-Qaeda, Lebanon-based Asbat al-Ansar
, al-Qaeda in Iraq, and al-Shabaab.
Finally, Fatah fighters settled the battle in their favor when they entered Yassin's headquarters in 2004, forcing him to relocate at the Tawari neighborhood, the main stronghold of Asbat al-Ansar
, and the headquarters of Jund al-Sham.
23) The gradual weakening of the secular Palestinian party Fatah in Ain al-Hilwah has allowed these Salafi-jihadi entities to increase their presence and mobilize greater numbers of men from the al-Ta'mir area of the camp, also at the expense of older and larger Sunni Islamist Palestinian factions such as Asbat al-Ansar, (24) Ansar Allah, (25) Hamas, and al-Haraka al-Islamiyya al-Mujahida, (26) which are described by these extremist groups as more "moderate" and insufficiently committed to supporting the jihad in Syria.
The group used to be part of the larger and much more influential Asbat al-Ansar until several members defected due to differences over ideology, politics, and jihadist strategy and priorities.
One of the officials identified the group that had planned the reported attacks as Asbat al-Ansar
, which is on a list of terrorist organisations linked to bin Laden.
, another militant group, is keen on the success of such an initiative, after it was nearly dragged into open conflict with Fatah.
Asbat Al-Ansar said the US would find no holdings of its group to seize.
Asbat al-Ansar, or Partisans' League, also said it had no organisational affiliations with Osama bin Laden.
Sources have reported that former members of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, Fatah al-Islam and Jund al-Sham -- as well as some former members of Asbat al-Ansar
and the Islamist Jihad Movement -- have regrouped into five factions, each comprised of five to 25 members.
Following the clashes on the outskirts of the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh, Assir said he was planning to establish a military wing, but backed down after speaking with Islamist groups Jamaa al-Islamiya and Asbat al-Ansar
A gun battle broke out on February 15 between members of the Fatah faction and Asbat al-Ansar
Islamist militants at the notorious camp.