In March 2014 two teenage bloggers, Mahbubur Rahman Raihan and Ullash Das, were attacked near their alma mater, Chittagong College (m) In mid-November that year militants belonging to Ansar al Islam
Bangladesh-2 (another front for ABT) claimed the murder of Shafiul Islam, a sociology professor in Rajshai University, for his opposition to the practice of women wearing the burkha (full veil) in educational institutions.
Regarding the government and his ministry's concerns about the Ansar al Islam
and the possibility of its militia crossing the border and entering the Region, Mustafa states that there have always been concerns about this issue.
In its inaugural declaration on the internet in September 2003, five months after Saddam's Baathist regime was overthrown, Ansar Al Sunnah indicated that it was made up of veteran jihadists who had fought elsewhere; former members of Ansar Al Islam
(Defenders of Islam), a Kurdish Islamist organisation formed on 10 December 2001 from which the new group had splintered; and newly recruited Iraqi Sunnis opposed to the US-led occupation, all committed to an Islamic state.
Beginning in the fall of 2002, senior administration officials pointed to a terrorist named Abu Musab al Zarqawi, who runs a group called Ansar al Islam
, as the human bridge between Saddam and Osama bin Laden.
troops began pouring into the region, the Kurds were fighting in the no-fly zone against an Islamic militant group, Ansar Al Islam
, with connections to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network.
Among the groups are Ansar Al Islam
, Groupe Islamique Combattant Marocain, Al Ittihad Al Islamia and Ansar Al Sunna
The arrested were members of Ansar Al Islam
, a group of violent Islamic fundamentalists based in northern Iraq that western intelligence services believe is closely linked to Al Qaeda.
The 30-year-old Algerian known as "the Sheikh" is being held by German authorities who believe he heads a continent-wide terrorist operation for Ansar Al Islam
(Partisans of Islam), an Iraqi Kurdish fundamentalist group that is rapidly becoming a major adversary of the Americans, at the cutting edge of the Iraqi resistance.
Both Chalabi and Paul Bremer named Ansar Al Islam
, an Al Qaida-linked network whose base in northern Iraq was heavily bombarded by the US early in the war.
The focus of concern for US counter-terrorist officials was at first on a reconstituted Ansar Al Islam
, Al Qaida-linked terrorist group based in the north of the country before the war.
US forces last night claimed to have destroyed a terror camp used by the Ansar al Islam
group - Victory of Islam - in the north east mountains of Iraq.
However, the Pentagon raised the possibility that the attack could have been waged by Ansar Al Islam
, the radical Islamist group accused of having ties with Al Qaida, which Jordan has been fighting.
The Ansar al Islam
training base was obliterated by more than 50 cruise missiles.
In the north of Iraq, US forces on March 30 claimed to have destroyed a massive base of the terrorist group Ansar Al Islam
after a heavy missile bombardment was followed up by a ground assault by US Rangers and Seal special forces units.
Powell also strengthens US claims that Ansar Al Islam
- and, by extension, Al Qaida itself - has direct links to Baghdad.