Skip to comments.ISIS woos Ansar al-Sharia in Libya
Posted on 07/31/2014 8:16:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
After failing to attract al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is now trying to gain the support of Libya's Ansar al-Sharia.
An ISIS supporter recently endorsed the terror group on a global jihadist forum.
On July 23rd, the militant urged ISIS followers to repost his comments on social networking websites, in order to push Ansar al-Sharia in Libya to swear allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Earlier this month, Abdelmalek Droukdel's al-Qaeda subsidiary refused to recognise the self-proclaimed caliphate and instead renewed allegiance to the parent organisation led by Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Without AQIM, Al-Baghdadi and his group are desperate for friends. To their view Ansar al-Sharia in Libya is key for taking control over the Maghreb and Egypt.
According to Abdellah Rami, an expert on jihadist movements, AQIM's refusal to recognise al-Baghdadi's group kept ISIS from claiming the key position in the parent terror organisation.
"The success or failure of the ISIS project hinges on the positions of three key jihadist organisations in the world: al-Qaeda in Yemen, AQIM and Ansar al-Sharia in Libya," Rami said. "Without the allegiance of those groups, the caliphate project will just be ink on paper and will be a local organisation confined to Iraq's borders."
"However, this doesn't mean that the caliphate state doesn't have supporters in those areas," Rami told Magharebia. "There are dozens of small groups and terrorist cells that have already sworn allegiance to ISIS in those countries, and there are hundreds of lone wolves that ISIS has already attracted. Therefore, al-Baghdadi can use those at any moment to carry out terrorist operations and destabilise regional countries."
Moroccan researcher Mouhcine Abdelwahed said: "Just because AQIM, Ansar al-Sharia or other terrorist groups don't swear allegiance to al-Baghdadi, it will not make them any less dangerous or less harmful to societies."
"Maghreb stability and security are now threatened in a way that requires swift, decisive intervention from the international community, before it is too late," he told Magharebia.
The recent violence in Tunisia and Libya demonstrates the threat to the region, he noted.
The Uqba Ibn Nafaa brigade that claimed responsibility for the Jebel Chaambi attack that killed 15 Tunisian troops "has extensions under the same name in Syria", while Libya clashes "are becoming fiercer with the return of Libya's al-Battar brigade from Syria to join Ansar al-Sharia", he said.
Tunisia and Libya attacks "are prototypes for future operations in North Africa", he said, "which will undermine the region's stability and security and wreak havoc if the international community doesn't act quickly".
"Terrorism will always be terrorism, regardless of the banner or name it is using to operate," he added.
‘Maghreb’: the Barbary states. The Moroccan is saying the international community has to become involved because ISIS was snubbed by its intended takeover target?
Screw that. If we survive the next year and a half, a real president should make it clear through a real SEC. Of State that Egypt, Tripoli, Morrocco, Iraq primates are free to kill one another in their own countries, and that we won’t destroy them unless they leave their countries (and until we get our armed forces back on their feet).