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Abu Sayyaf Group



  
The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is a violent Muslim terrorist group operating in the southern Philippines.  Some ASG leaders allegedly fought in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion and are students and proponents of radical Islamic teachings.  The group split from the much larger Moro National Liberation Front in the early 1990s under the leadership of Abdurajak Abubakar Janjalani, who was killed in a clash with Philippine police in December 1998.  His younger brother, Khadaffy Janjalani, replaced him as the nominal leader of the group.  In September 2006, Janjalani was killed in a gun battle with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.  Radullah Sahiron is assumed to be the new ASG leader.
  Al-Jihad


    
This Egyptian Islamic extremist group merged with Usama Bin Ladin's al-Qaida organization in 2001.  Usama Bin Ladin's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was the former head of AJ.  Active since the 1970s, AJ's primary goal has been the overthrow of the Egyptian government and the establishment of an Islamic state.  The group's targets, historically, have been high-level Egyptian government officials as well as U.S. and Israeli interests in Egypt and abroad.  Regular Egyptian crackdowns on extremists have greatly reduced AJ capabilities in Egypt.
  Al-Qaeda 


    
Al-Qaeda was established by Usama bin Ladin in 1988 with Arabs who fought in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union.  The group, now headquartered in Pakistan, helped finance, recruit, transport, and train Sunni Islamic extremists for the Afghan resistance.  Al-Qaeda's goal is uniting Muslims to fight the United States and its allies, overthrowing regimes it deems "non-Islamic," and expelling Westerners and non-Muslims from Muslim countries.  Its ultimate goal is the establishment of a pan-Islamic caliphate throughout the world.  Al-Qaeda leaders issued a statement in February 1998 under the banner of "The World Islamic Front for Jihad Against the Jews and Crusaders" saying it was the duty of all Muslims to kill U.S. citizens, civilian and military, and their allies everywhere.  Al-Qaeda merged with al-Jihad (Egyptian Islamic Jihad) in June 2001, renaming itself "Qaedat al-Jihad." 
  Al-Qaeda in Iraq 


    
In an attempt to unify Sunni jihadists in Iraq, in January 2006, al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) created the Mujahidin Shura Council (MSC), an umbrella organization meant to encompass the various Sunni jihadist groups in Iraq.  AQI claimed its attacks under the MSC until mid-October, when Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi's successor, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, took the first step toward al-Qaeda's goal of establishing a caliphate in the region by declaring the "Islamic State of Iraq" (ISI), under which AQI now claims its attacks.  On June 7, 2006, AQI leader Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. airstrike.  Following his death, the MSC announced Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, also known at Abu Ayyub al-Masri, as Zarqawi's successor.  Abu Ayyub promptly issued a statement pledging to continue what Zarqawi had started, and AQI has continued its strategy of targeting Coalition Forces and Shi'a civilians in an attempt to foment sectarian strife.  Although Coalition and Iraqi security force operations also have cost AQI dozens of lieutenants and high-ranking network members, overall violence in Iraq is at a higher level than it was while Zarqawi was alive. 
  Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula 


     

The al-Qaeda Organization in the Arabian Peninsula, headquartered in Yemen, and lead by Abdulaziz Al-Muqrin, issued calls for the Saudi royal family to be overthrown.  Conquering Saudi Arabia would be the first step towards establishing a Caliphate that would liberate the third holy place [Jerusalem] and unite all the Muslims of the world.  The nightmare scenario for the West in one in which Saudi oil production (10% of world output) is taken out by terrorist attacks or by regime change.  The Saudi ruling family is stuck between two contradictory policies: appeasement of puritanical Islam and alliance with America.

Until 2003, the Saudi government played down evidence that Islamic radicals were posing a threat to security.  That changed after a series of deadly attacks in early 2003.  The six million expatriate workers in Saudi Arabia are vital to the smooth functioning of the world economy.  They run the country's oil industry and other sectors.

  Al-Qaeda In The Islamic Maghreb 


    
Terrorist activity in North Africa has been reinvigorated in the last few years by a local Algerian Islamist group turned pan-Maghreb jihadi organization: al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).  A Sunni group that previously called itself the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), the organization has taken responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks in the region, declared its intention to attack Western targets, and sent a squad of jihadis to Iraq.  Experts believe these actions suggest widening ambitions within the group's leadership, now pursuing a more global, sophisticated, and better-financed direction.  Long categorized as part of a strictly domestic insurgency against Algeria's military government, AQIM claims to be the local franchise operation for al-Qaeda, a worrying development for a region that has been relatively peaceful since the bloody Algerian civil war of the 1990s drew to a close.
 

Ansar al-Sunna 



     
Ansar al-Sunna (AS) is a Salafi terrorist group whose goals include expelling the U.S.-led Coalition from Iraq and establishing an independent Islamic Iraqi state. This amorphous group has changed its name several times over the years and was last known as Ansar al-Islam.  AS announced its creation in 2003 by posting a statement to the Internet calling all extremists in Iraq to unite under the new name.  The bid to become a jihadist umbrella organization failed, but the name AS stuck.  AS has ties to the al-Qaida central leadership and al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI); it has a competitive relationship with AQI, and did not join the AQI-dominated "Islamic State of Iraq."  Some members of AS trained in al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan, and the group provided safe haven to al-Qaida fighters before Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).  Since OIF, AS has become the second-most prominent group engaged in anti-Coalition attacks in Iraq behind AQI and has maintained a strong propaganda campaign. 
  Asbat al-Ansar 


   
Asbat al-Ansar, the League of the Followers or Partisans' League, is a Lebanon-based Sunni extremist group composed primarily of Palestinians with links to Usama bin Ladin's al-Qaida organization and other Sunni extremist groups.  Asbat is well positioned to play an important role should al-Qaida attempt to expand further its terrorist operations to Lebanon.  The group follows an extremist interpretation of Islam that justifies violence against civilian targets to achieve political ends.  Some of the group's goals include overthrowing the Lebanese government and thwarting perceived anti-Islamic and pro-Western influences in the country.  Asbat al-Ansar has carried out multiple terrorist attacks in Lebanon since it first emerged in the early 1990s. The group assassinated Lebanese religious leaders and bombed nightclubs, theaters, and liquor stores in the mid-1990s. The group raised its operational profile in 2000 with two attacks against Lebanese and international targets. It was involved in clashes in northern Lebanon in December 1999 and carried out a rocket-propelled grenade attack on the Russian Embassy in Beirut in January 2000. ‘Asbat al-Ansar’s leader, Abu Muhjin, remains at large despite being sentenced to death in absentia for the murder in 1994 of a Muslim cleric. 
  Gama'at al-Islamiyya 


     
The IG, Egypt's largest militant group, has been active since the late 1970s and is a loosely organized network, whose primary goal is to overthrow the Egyptian government and replace it with an Islamic state.  It has an external wing with supporters in several countries.  The group's issuance of a cease-fire in 1997 led to a split into two factions: one, led by Mustafa Hamza, supported the cease-fire; the other, led by Rifa'i Taha Musa, called for a return to armed operations.  The IG issued another ceasefire in March 1999, but its spiritual leader, Shaykh Umar Abd al-Rahman, sentenced to life in prison in January 1996 for his involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and incarcerated in the United States, rescinded his support for the cease-fire in June 2000.  IG has not conducted an attack inside Egypt since the 1997 Luxor attack, which killed 58 tourists, four Egyptians, and wounded dozens more.  In February 1998, a senior member signed Usama bin Ladin's fatwa calling for attacks against the United States.  In early 2001, Taha Musa published a book in which he attempted to justify terrorist attacks that would cause mass casualties.  Taha Musa disappeared several months thereafter, and there is no information as to his current whereabouts.  In March 2002, members of the group's historic leadership in Egypt declared use of violence misguided and renounced its future use, prompting denunciations by much of the leadership abroad.  The Egyptian government continues to release IG members from prison; approximately 900 were released in 2003, and most of the 700 persons released in 2004 at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan were IG members.  Ayman al-Zawahiri announced in August 2006 that IG had merged with al-Qaida, but the group quickly denied this claim. 
  Hamas 


     
Hamas, headquartered in Gaza, includes military and political wings, was formed at the onset of the first Palestinian uprising or Intifadah in late 1987, as an outgrowth of the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.  The armed element, called the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, conducts anti-Israeli attacks, including suicide bombings against civilian targets inside Israel.  Social-political elements engage in "Dawa" or ministry activities, which include running charities and schools, fund-raising and political activities.  A Shura council based in Damascus, Syria, sets overall policy.  Since winning Palestinian Authority (PA) elections in 2006, HAMAS has taken control of significant PA ministries, including the Ministry of Interior.  HAMAS formed an expanded, overt militia called the Executive Force, subordinate to the Ministry. 
  Harakat ul-Mujahedin 


     
HUM, an Islamic militant group based in Pakistan, is politically aligned with the radical political party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam's Fazlur Rehman faction (JUI-F), and operates primarily in Kashmir.  Reportedly under pressure from the Government of Pakistan, HUM's long time leader Fazlur Rehman Khalil stepped down and, in January 2005, was replaced by Dr. Badr Munir as the head of HUM.  Khalil has been linked to Usama bin Ladin, and his signature was found on Bin Ladin's fatwa in February 1998 calling for attacks on U.S. and Western interests.

HUM operated terrorist training camps in eastern Afghanistan until Coalition air strikes destroyed them in autumn 2001.  Khalil was detained by Pakistani authorities in mid-2004 and subsequently released in late December.In 2003, HUM began using the name Jamiat ul-Ansar (JUA).  Pakistan banned JUA in November 2003. 
  Hezbollah 


     
Hezbollah is a Lebanese umbrella organization of radical Islamic Shiite groups and organizations.  It opposes the West, seeks to create a Muslim fundamentalist state modeled on Iran, and is a bitter foe of Israel.  Hezbollah, whose name means “party of God,” is a terrorist group believed responsible for nearly 200 attacks since 1982 that have killed more than 800 people, according to the Terrorism Knowledge Base.  Experts say Hezbollah is also a significant force in Lebanon’s politics and a major provider of social services, operating schools, hospitals, and agricultural services, for thousands of Lebanese Shiites.  It also operates the al-Manar satellite television channel and broadcast station. 
  Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) 


    
Since Operation Enduring Freedom, the IMU has been predominantly occupied with attacks on U.S. and Coalition soldiers in Afghanistan.  Although it is difficult to differentiate between IMU and Islamic Jihad Union members, Pakistani security forces continue to arrest probable IMU operatives in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).  The IMU was active in terrorist operations in Central Asia.  Tajikistan arrested several IMU members in 2005.  In November 2004, the IMU was blamed for an explosion in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh that killed one police officer and one terrorist.  In May 2003, Kyrgyz security forces disrupted an IMU cell that was seeking to bomb the U.S. Embassy and a nearby hotel in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  The IMU was also responsible for explosions in Bishkek in December 2002 and Osh in May 2003 that killed eight people.  The IMU primarily targeted Uzbekistan interests before October 2001, and is believed to have been responsible for several explosions in Tashkent in February 1999.  IMU militants took foreigners hostage in Kyrgyzstan for two consecutive years: in August 1999, IMU militants took four Japanese geologists and eight Kyrgyz soldiers hostage, and in August 2000, they took four U.S. mountain climbers hostage. 
  Jamaat ul-Fuqra


     
Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a terrorist organization with headquarters in Pakistan, has established over 45 compounds in rural areas throughout the United States of America.  The compounds are providing paramilitary training to new recruits for the great jihad against the USA under the not-so-watchful eye of federal law enforcement officials.  Most of the recruits are African Americans who converted to Islam while doing hard time in federal prison.

These compounds, which contain firing ranges and obstacle courses, are located at such places as Hancock, New York; Hyattsville, Maryland; Falls Church, Virginia; York, South Carolina; Dover, Tennessee; Buena Vista, Colorado; Talihina, Oklahoma; Tulane Country, California; and Squaw Valley, California.  Multiple compounds have been established on the rural outskirts of Macon, Georgia and Red House, Virginia.  Several of these sites contain landing strips and elaborate networks of underground bunkers.  The group has also set up basic training camps throughout Canada, including two near Toronto.

Under the name of "The Muslims of the Americas," a so-called "charitable institution," ul-Fuqra maintains offices in Tallahassee, Florida; Binghamton, New York; Springfield, Massachusetts; Dover, Delaware; and Roanoke, Virginia. 
  Jamaat al Muslimeen 


      
Jamaat al Muslimeen, or JAM, a Muslim organization based in Trinidad is a known violent group involved in killings, kidnappings and weapons trafficking over the past two decades.  The group staged a coup attempt in 1990, storming the Trinidad Parliament building and taking the prime minister hostage.  This coup attempt was underwritten by Momar Khadafi who supplied this terrorist group with money, arms and ammunition.

 whose leader, 64-year old Yasin Abu Bakr is still awaiting trial. He is accused of terrorism, sedition, inciting larceny and breaching the peace, and in a separate case, he is also awaiting a retrial for a case in which he is accused of conspiring to have two former members of his group to be murdered on June 4, 2003 in Diego Martin.

Four of the men charged in an alleged plot to blow up John F Kennedy airport in New York have connections with Muslim extremists, including Jamaat al Muslimeen. 
  Jemaah Islamiya (JI) 


      
The Southeast Asia-based Jemaah Islamiya (JI) is a terrorist group that seeks the establishment of an Islamic caliphate spanning Indonesia, Malaysia, southern Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, and the southern Philippines.  More than 300 JI operatives, including operations chief Hambali, have been captured since 2002.  Several are no longer incarcerated, however, including JI emir Abu Bakar Bashir who was released from prison in 2006 after serving a 25-month sentence for his involvement in the 2002 Bali bombings.  The death of top JI bombmaker Azahari bin Husin in November 2005, and further arrests of several close associates of senior JI operative Noordin Mat Top in 2006 likely disrupted JI's anti-Western attacks that occurred annually from 2002-2005. 
  Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) 


     
The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) emerged in the early 1990s among Libyans who had fought Soviet forces in Afghanistan and the Qadhafi regime in Libya. The LIFG declared Libyan President Muammar Qadhafi un-Islamic and pledged to overthrow him.  Some members maintain a strictly anti-Qadhafi focus and organize against Libyan government interests, but others, such as Abu al-Faraj al-Libi, who was arrested in Pakistan in 2005, are aligned with Usama bin Ladin and believed to be part of al-Qaida's leadership structure or active in the international terrorist network.  The United States designated the LIFG a Foreign Terrorist Organization in December 2004. 
  The Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM) 


     
The Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM) is a clandestine transnational terrorist group currently centered in the Moroccan diaspora communities of Western Europe.  Its goals include establishing an Islamic state in Morocco and supporting al-Qaida's war against the West by assisting in the assimilation of al-Qaida operatives into Moroccan and then European society.  The group appears to have emerged in the 1990s and is comprised of Moroccan recruits who trained in armed camps in Afghanistan, including some who fought in the Soviet Afghan war.  GICM members interact with other North African extremists, particularly in Europe.  In November 2002, the United States designated the GICM for asset freeze under EO 13224 following the group's submission to the UNSCR 1267 Sanctions Committee.  The United States designated GICM as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on October 11, 2005. 
  Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
  

        

 

The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is a religious and political organization.  Close to the Muslim World League of the Muslim Brotherhood, it shares the Brotherhood's strategic and cultural vision: that of a universal religious community, the Ummah, based upon the Koran, the Sunna, and the canonical orthodoxy of shari'a.  The OIC represents 56 countries and the Palestinian Authority (considered a state), the whole constituting the universal Ummah with a community of more than one billion three to six hundred million Muslims.

     

  Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) 


     
Formerly a part of the PLO, the Marxist-Leninist, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) was founded by George Habash when it broke away from the Arab Nationalist Movement in 1967. The PFLP, headquartered in the Palestinian Territory,  does not view the Palestinian struggle as solely religious, seeing it instead as a broader revolution against Western imperialism. The group earned a reputation for spectacular international attacks in the 1960s and 1970s, including airline hijackings that killed at least 20 U.S. citizens.

The PFLP has stepped up its operational activity since the start of the current intifada, highlighted by at least two suicide bombings since 2003, multiple joint operations with other Palestinian terrorist groups, and the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, to avenge Israel's killing of the PFLP Secretary General earlier that year. In March 2006, the PFLP's current Secretary General, Ahmed Sa'adat, who had been imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority for his involvement in the Ze'evi assassination, was seized from the Jericho prison compound by Israeli forces and is now awaiting trial. 
  Salafists 


     
The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), a splinter group of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA), seeks to overthrow the Algerian Government with the goal of installing an Islamic regime.  GSPC eclipsed the GIA arround 1998, and is currently the most effective and largest armed group inside Algeria.  In contrast to the GIA, the GSPC pledged to avoid civilian attacks inside Algeria. 
  Taliban 


     
The Taliban first appeared on the political scene of Afghanistan in September, 1994 in the southern Province of Kandhar, and have since taken about 90% of Afghanistan. Never has any group been more controversial then the Taliban of Afghanistan. Patrolling the streets in the pickup trucks, the Taliban members, under the General Department for the Preservation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Amr-bil Maroof Wa Nahi Anil Munkar), search houses and destroy any television sets, radios, cassettes, and photographs. The bands of Taliban thugs roam the streets beating those they deem to be violators of the Shariah (Islamic code of Law) [2]. The Taliban's harsh fundamentalist rule has dismantled all civil institutions, and closed all women Institutions. Their leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, cloaks himself in secrecy, refusing to grant interviews or allow his photo to be taken.  
  Uighurs 


     
The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR), a territory in western China, accounts for one-sixth of China's land and is home to about 20 million people from thirteen major ethnic groups. The largest of these groups is the Uighurs [PRON: WEE-gurs], a predominantly Muslim community with ties to Central Asia. Some Uighurs call China's presence in Xinjiang a form of imperialism, and they stepped up calls for independence—sometimes violently—in the 1990s through separatist groups like the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). The Chinese government has reacted by promoting the migration of China's ethnic majority, the Han, to Xinjiang. Beijing has also strengthened economic ties with the area and tried to cut off potential sources of separatist support from neighboring states that are linguistically and ethnically linked with the Uighurs. 
   

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