Rawti Shax or Didi Nwe - meaning the "new course" or "towards the mountain" - is said to represent an "evolution" of Ansar Al Islam
, which is listed by the UN as a terrorist organisation affiliated with al Qaida.
Mr X, a Muslim from Mosul, was monitored by MI5 for a year from July 2006 because it suspected he was an associate of a known terrorist and hate preacher, identified in court as AE, who had links to militant Islamic groups including Ansar Al Islam
, Ansar Al Sunnah and al-Qaeda.
Ansar Al Islam
says that this car is used to carry out military operations against US forces and their allies (the Iraqi government forces) in Iraq.
Summary: Concerns about Ansar al Islam
militia in Kurdistan
The groups being added to the banned list are: Ansar Al Islam
, Groupe Islamique Combattant Marocain, Al Ittihad Al Islamia and Ansar Al Sunna, Harakat-ut-Jihad-ul-Islami (Bangladesh), Harakat-ut Mujahideen/Alami, Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin, Islamic Jihad Union, Jamaat ul Furquan, Jundallah, Khuddam ul-Islam, Lashkar-e Jhangvi, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and Sipah-e Sahaba Pakistan.
Spain detains rebel suspect Spain has detained for further questioning a Moroccan suspected member of the extremist Ansar Al Islam
group believed to have played a role in sending extremist fighters to Iraq, judicial sources said July 1.
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.
Far from being "harbored" by Saddam, Ansar al Islam
operated out of northeastern Iraq, an area under Kurdish control that was being protected from Saddam's incursions by U.
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.
One very mountainous and rugged area that they don't control along the border of Iran is an area where about 400 Ansar al Islam
members showed up in September 2001.
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.