The emergence of Ansar al-Sharia [Partisans of Islamic Law] in several Arab countries as democratic uprisings sweep across the Arab world represents a new phase of the Salafist-jihadist movement and its strategic goals. Ansar Al-Sharia is an organization comprised of Islamists and jihadists that made its first appearance in Abyan, south Yemen in May 2011. Most members of Ansar Al-Sharia are former jihadists who fought in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union and returned to Yemen in 1990. According to The Carnegie Endowment, one of the groups leader's "Baleidi’s Ansar al-Sharia did not seem to consider the U.S. its primary target. Instead it appeared to be working on the establishment of local emirates here and there, as was evident in the Abyan region during 2011-2012. In late June, Yemeni news sites reported that Baleidi had left AQAP and Ansar al-Sharia to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State. However, in mid-August, AQAP released an interview with…
Ansar al-Sharia in Yemen (ASY)
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