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Ansar al-Islam

group name

Ansar al-Islam, Supporters of Islam, Jund al-Islam, Soldiers of God, Ansar al-Sunna


Northern Iraq, especially near the Iranian border. It also has a presence in western and central Iraq. The group has used Iranian territory as a safe haven. It expanded operations into Syria after the start of the civil war there in 2011, especially near Aleppo.

stated purpose

The group seeks to establish an independent Islamic state in Iraq and expel non-Muslims from the Kurdistan region in Iraq. After the...

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