Army of Ansar al-Sunnah & Islamic Army in Iraq Confirm Working with Zarqawi

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Buried in this story is the news that the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah, the Army of Islam in Iraq (Islamic Army in Iraq), and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Iraq (formerly Tawhid and Jihad) now confirm working with one another in anti-Coalition terrorist activities. I have reported several times in the past that various terrorist organizations have been cooperating in Iraq, but until today there was no official confirmation from the groups themselves. Also, no mainstream publication seemed to have picked up on the odd cooperation that was happening between these formerly unrelated groups with different political visions of a future Islamist state.

Zarqawi's terrorist group (formerly known as Tawhid and Jihad) is a Sunni organization operating in the former Ba'athist strongholds of the Sunni triangle. The Army of Ansar-al Sunnah operates in areas in and around the Kurdish areas in Northern Iraq, although it's operatives are probably Sunni Arabs. The Army of Islam in Iraq operates in Southern Iraq and is a Shia organization modeled after Hamas and Hizballah--with possible links to the Iranian government.

During two of the Army of al-Sunnah's videotaped beheading murders at least one person present identified themselves as a member of Zarqawi's group (Oct. 15th and Oct. 11th). Earlier today, I also noted that one of the hostages freed in the Fallujah assault was a Syrian man "taken by the Islamic Army in Iraq, a Shia terrorist organization which operates in the south of Iraq....More evidence that terrorists are willing to set aside sectarian differences for the sake of a common goal." I guess my hunch was confirmed.

CBS:

Also Friday, another well-known Iraqi militant group, Ansar al-Sunnah Army, claimed in a statement on its Web site to have joined forces with al-Zarqawi's group and the Islamic Army in Iraq, which claimed responsibility for kidnapping two French journalists who remain missing.

Ansar al-Sunnah Army claimed to have carried out a "joint operation" with the two groups in Youssifiyah, 12 miles south of Baghdad. There was no way to confirm the veracity of the statement.

All three groups have claimed responsibility for several deadly attacks, kidnappings and beheadings of foreigners and Iraqis.

Posted by: Rusty at 03:47 PM

Comments

1 "...the odd cooperation that was happening between these formerly unrelated groups with different political visions of a future Islamist state..."

"...terrorists are willing to set aside sectarian differences for the sake of a common goal."

Ain't it fantastic? The US invasion of Iraq is the greatest force for uniting terrorist groups against the United States of any foreign policy decision in history.

It's what counterterrorism experts predicted, of course, so no one should be surprised.

Then, counterterrorism experts really didn't plan this war. As I recall -- let me think -- oh, yeah, they warned against it.

I only wish we could anger ALL the crazies around the world, make ALL of them want to kill us. But so many people to anger, so little time and money to carry out constant preemptive invasions.

*sigh*

Posted by: trr at November 13, 2004 06:48 AM

2 trr--you suffer from the omniscience fallacy. You're 20/20 hindsight is remarkably accurate. When hundreds of experts make varying predictions, it is only after the fact that you can realize which ones were worth listenning to and which ones weren't.

Posted by: Rusty at November 13, 2004 12:11 PM

3 Too bad Bush VETOED the Pentagon plans take out Zarqawi in 2002. Zarqawi was in northern Iraq, (ie the American-protected zone of Kurdish autonomy) and the Pentagon repeated tried to get permission to attack. See the Wall Street Journal from 10/25/04 on page A3. In the article, Gen. John M. Keane, the US Army vice chief of staff at the time, is quoted calling the Zarqawi camp "one of the best targets we ever had." See http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4431601/ and the 5/14/04 Slate article http://slate.msn.com/id/2100549/ on this topic.

Just another one of Bush's colossal blunders in Iraq.

Posted by: Will X at November 17, 2004 11:24 AM

4 After reading and seeing what the Afgan rebels do and say.
Its proof we have the best man and men for the job, like President Bush, Mr Rumsfeld and the USMC. Wear can you find better men.

Posted by: R Harlow at December 27, 2004 02:35 AM

5 does anyone really think it was a good idea to turn a controlled country-albeit tyrannical- into a chaotic place where Islamic extremest groups could gather and get real combat experience as well as trading ideas and training? yeah really helped our cause.

Posted by: conway at February 07, 2005 12:23 PM

6 Army of Ansar Al Sunnah are likely to create more chaos in Iraq than Zarqawi group.Let not USA make mistake to view Ansar Al Sunnah as a secondary target.Suicide bombing in US Army camp was carried out by Ansars not Zarqawi.

Posted by: Dilip at February 20, 2005 02:01 AM

7 i am happy about what abu mussab al zarquawi is doing in iraq and i hope only more and more american soldiers will die in iraq allahu aqbar i live in canada and at the appropriate time they 2 will face attacks i promess that to all muslimins .allahu aqbar

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9 Its only a matter of time before all muslims will be singled out as a result of the worlds growing hatred towards them. god and religion are nothing but food for a feeblemind.

Posted by: American at April 21, 2005 07:25 PM

10 zoulouman,

I hope you and your ilk end up in blown to pieces. F**K Y*U, you aren't the only one with a bad temper.

Posted by: GroundPounder at April 21, 2005 09:26 PM

11 zoulouman,
Thank you for telling us where you reside ,i promise you that The canadian RCMP will jail your arabic dirty muslim ass Sooner than you think ,i think i heared that saddam Hussien dated your mum for a while too ,is that true?

Posted by: Crusader at April 21, 2005 10:02 PM

12 iraq islamic amry are cowards and always will be

Posted by: david at April 23, 2005 07:58 AM

13 dear sir .thanks for all.you prove to the world what is iraq.usa is under high pressure. iraq is not afghanestan. please concentrate on american army and person supporting usa rule in iraq only .iraq person have no rule.all waiting you from their real heart to end this invading by gun ,the same way they invide iraq .thanks allot ,we as usall person we are proud , god and islam with you.

Posted by: adel at April 23, 2005 01:25 PM

14 zoulouman,
As one of those american soldiers you want to die I will be happy to give you a shot. I have been there. You and your kind sure talk a good game til the shooting starts. Your buddy Zarquawi's days are numbered. If you are such the Islamic hero you should go be with him, my brother soldiers who are currently serving there now will be happy to accomodate you both. :)

Posted by: relentlessone at May 09, 2005 03:36 PM

15 If we keep infighting among nations, and we don't make peace and bring all that must be said into the open then we will never unite as one Terra, as one Earth. Sadly, this appears to be the fault of not the Jihadi's (for americans: in the Middle East, they have this thing called faith; get some), but the fault of nations like my home country of america that screw around halfway across the world even when the President himself said,"I will not police the world" on his Inauguration

Posted by: al-muzzamil_that means "the shrouded one" in arabic at May 24, 2005 10:28 PM

16 fuck all americans there fucking stupid all of them i know iraq will lose but the holy war has just begain every country i know hates america one day america will fall and the american flag will burn HA HA HA HA allahs army is coming and soon all americans will burn in hell BITCH!!!!

Posted by: jake at July 04, 2005 06:32 PM

17 America has no religon theres too many gays and lizbians and every war I know has american soldiers in it why dont they stop poking there FAT noises in every ones bussinas I mean what the fuck is wrong with Bush and religon is the most importent thing in the world. I think what Iraq is doing is just fighting back against them. I think that every american soldier should be shot dead in iraq Ha they think there librating the Iraq people. Now thats funny librarting my ASS!

Posted by: Franky at July 04, 2005 06:46 PM

18 My name is Abil I was born in afganistan I moved to Canada in 1997 I am a muslim but that dosent mean I am a terroirst I hate Osama for what he did to my country that fuckin cowerd and I hate anyone that follows Osama They are exstremist they belive what there cause is for allah. My lord allah did not want voilance he wanted peace for all of us muslim or non-muslim it dosent matter. Whan I grow up I will fight against terroirst scum like Osama and I will defand Canada for what it gave me freedom. This site is sick but for the people that want America destroyed like the ASSHOLE JAKE AND FRANK AND ZOULOUMAN THEY CAN FUCK THEM SELFS.

Posted by: Abil.T at July 05, 2005 12:39 PM

19 Jake, Frank and Zoulouman:
A word of advise:
Watch your families, watch your back when you are out at night, always make sure you turn around an dknow what is happening aound you: piece by piece your loved ones will die and you will watch every single one of them until they are all gone and you will see a barrell in front of your face: Then ask yourself: WAS IS WORTH IT? Heel has only just begun for you and believe me you will pray for it to stop. Well: IT WON'T!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: !ME! at August 03, 2005 03:26 PM

20 Jake, Frank and Zoulouman:
A word of advise:
Watch your families, watch your back when you are out at night, always make sure you turn around an dknow what is happening around you: piece by piece your loved ones will die and you will watch every single one of them until they are all gone and you will see a barrell in front of your face: Then ask yourself: WAS IS WORTH IT? Heel has only just begun for you and believe me you will pray for it to stop. Well: IT WON'T!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: !ME! at August 03, 2005 03:29 PM

21 everyone on this planet needs to get along somehow before we destroy ourselves. except for one thing: WE MUST GET RID OF ALL THESE MUSLIMS!!! they are bad, bad, people. I mean, what kind of a religion has the word jihad in it's bible? There is no religion on earth that condones violence except Islam, so let's get rid of these people. I think it's tiime for a couple of nukes on the Middle East or at least deport all these fuckers from the U.S.!!!!

Posted by: rich at August 03, 2005 08:26 PM

22 I think the an ansar al-sunnah army are cowards and a bitch to the heart. Sure anybody can get away with murder dress like a civilian especially when they all look a like, I know I was over there. Only bitches hit when they enemy hand is back is turned. We are coming at them straight up, but they shoot a few shots and run like the bitch they are. All of this about in the name of allah is a lie, they are animals and the rest of them that fight like a bitch. It really is time for us to stop acting too nice and get smart. If they want to sneak out of bushes to attack so shall we. We should hide in homes and observe from a home, stores or buildings and catch they scary bitch asses and kill them all. I just can't stand to fight in a bitch way. They talk and claim they can handle the U.S. but do so like a bitch. I wish I knew their website I would call all of them a bitch.

Posted by: bj at August 04, 2005 01:19 AM






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