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Ansar al-Islam (Syria)

Ansar al-Islam fī Kurdistān

Last modified: 2020-07-31 by ian macdonald
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"Ansar al-Islam (Arabic: أنصار الإسلام‎ Anṣār al-Islām) or Ansar al-Islam fi Kurdistan (Arabic: أنصار الإسلام في كردستان‎ Anṣār al-Islām fī Kurdistān), also referred to as AAI was a Sunni Muslim insurgent group in Iraq and Syria. It was established in Iraqi Kurdistan by former al-Qaeda members in 2001 as a Salafist Islamist movement that imposed a strict application of Sharia in villages it controlled around Biyara to the northeast of Halabja, near the Iranian border. Following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the group became an insurgent group which fought against the Kurdish government, American led forces and their Iraqi allies. The group continued to fight the Iraqi Government following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, and sent members to Syria to fight the Government following the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War. It had been active since September (other sources cite December) 2001 up to August 29 2014 (as a main pro-ISIL faction). On 29 August 2014, a statement ( on the behalf of 50 leaders and members of Ansar al-Islam announced that the group was merging with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, thereby officially dissolving the organization. However, some small elements within Ansar al-Islam rejected this merger, and continued to function as an independent organization. so from this moment onwards it has been labeled as an independent pro-AQ Iraqi and Syrian factions)

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Esteban Rivera, 7 December 2017