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Ansar al-Islam Calls for Sunni Jihad in Iran

By Armando Cordoba 10/8/2013
Iranian clerics look at a Shahab-1 missile during a military exercise in the Iranian desert. Photo: AFP
Iranian clerics look at a Shahab-1 missile during a military exercise in the Iranian desert. Photo: AFP

 

ERBIL, Kurdistan - Ansar al-Islam, an umbrella group for Sunni Iraqi and Arab jihadists, has called for Iranian Sunnis to unite in a jihad against their Shiite clerical government.

In a message on its official website and Facebook page, the jihadist organization said all Sunnis in Iran must “collect under a single banner that is right, and use Jihad,” to make Iran “one nation, a nation of the Quran and the sword.”

AI said that the justification for jihad against the Tehran government was the growing Shiite influence in the country.

AI’s call comes as Iran’s newly-elected President Hassan Rohani – a moderate Shiite cleric -- was inaugurated into office recently and vowed to bring more rights to Iran.

AI leaders said that Shiites in Iran were after money, power, the removal of Islam, and that they wanted to “switch religions.”  It said Shiite leaders do not represent the Islamic nation.

“Shiites today are in decision-making positions around the world and their areas of control are rising,” the group said. Their goal is the “dispersion of the identity of Sunni nationalism,” it warned.

The threat comes amid the rising sectarian violence throughout the Middle East, mainly in Iraq and Syria.

Sunnis in Iraq have begun to attack Shiite districts and areas, hoping to ratchet enough pressure to topple the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

The attacks came after a peaceful Sunni protest turned bloody as Iraqi Security forces fired upon the crowd in Hawija.

The killings in Iraq have left more than 3,000 dead since the start of April, fearing another bloody sectarian struggle in the country that followed the US.-led invasion of 2003.

Many of the attacks in Kirkuk and Mosul have been claimed by the Ansar aI-Islam.

Links between extremist Islamic organizations in Iraq and Syria have been established in recent months. What was once thought to be a bid for freedom against Bashar al-Assad’s forces, has now turned into what some analyst are calling a holy crusade of Shiites against Sunnis.

The Al Nusra front, which sided with the Free Syrian Army to oust Assad, has admitted links to Al Qaeda’s Iraqi branch.

Both groups want to make Syria an independent Islamic state, and the links have made Western officials fear the intentions of militant Islamic groups both in Iraq and Syria.

Iran has also played a role in the Syrian struggle through the Lebanese Hezbollah, which has admitted to sending fighters to Syria where they have clashed against the Free Syrian Army and the Sunni Al Nusra front.

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GuBeIslam | 10/8/2013
I am just worried about my Kurdistan. If Kurds are proud muslims and they are killed by muslims (turks, arabs and persians) then they they deserve it. The massacre of Qamishlo was done entirely by Islamist Kurds from iraq. Shit on islam.
Rebaz Tahir Benjamin
Rebaz Tahir Benjamin | 10/8/2013
Death to these fake Muslims. All good elements in Syria should unite and eliminate each and one of these "jihadists" who are terrorists in reality. Where is the West now? These scum are massacring Kurdish civilians, with American and European weapons, funded with Arab Gulf/Saudi/Qatari money. To all Israel loving Kurds out here, where is your beloved Israel now? If they really like us so much, where is their support against their arch enemies like these extremists? Isn't Israel our friend and ally according to you? If Israel wanted they could help us wipe these dogs out in no time, but they don't because they don't want to.
Riha | 10/8/2013
Israel wants to destabilize every country near them so no one forms a threat to them. Israel is no ones friend, Kurds who think Israel is an ally are wrong. That is why PKK stays on terror list and Apo is caught, because Apo refused to sell him and his party to US/Israel. But on topic, destabilizing Iran can only benefit Rojhelat, but countless innocent ppl will die with it, may God guide us.
Kurd Lover | 10/8/2013
Rebaz: it is cheap and ignorant to fault Israel with every ill afflicting Kurds. You sound like Arabs who do the same thing regarding Israel: "if only Israel did/did not do x, y, z, we would be in a better position..." No one takes you seriously unless they do not know how to read and live in caves. I am not defending Israel in this post, but to blame Israel for Ansar al-Islam is the most asinine thing I have read in weeks.
chris | 10/8/2013
Muslims killing Muslims... Sunni vs Shia... The clerics on both sides using their followers to kill the other. Both sides fighting for control and power in the region. Islam is being used as a reason for all this bloodshed and any other religion or infidel is fair game to be killed or persecuted they are not of the "True faith". If there was no righting then there would be no reason for weapons, if Israel got involved then this would be another reason for the other side to kill Israelis and call "Jihad" against THEM. If America gets involved then they are "The Great Satan" killing Muslims and the ones living in USA will be running around burning flags and holding up posters. Rebaz Tahir Benjamin... Your comments just show that there are plenty more Muslims out there to keep the FIRES OF HATRED burning for a long time to come. No wonder the west treads very carefully and is not so willing to get involved. It only brings the trouble back home...!
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