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    Ansar al-Sharia Responds to Terrorism Accusations

    By Tristan Dreisbach | Aug 30 2013 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print

    Tags: Al Qaeda ,Ansar Al Sharia ,Belaid ,brahmi ,Chaambi ,
    Ansar al-Sharia member with flag. Image courtesy: Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia Facebook page.

    Ansar al-Sharia member with flag. Image courtesy: Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia Facebook page.

    Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia responded yesterday to the government’s declarations this week calling it is a terrorist organization with links to al-Qaeda.

    The statement did not directly respond to the accusations.

    “They consider us terrorists, but now we are even more dedicated to defending this religion,” the group said in a release posted last night on its Facebook page. [display_posts type="related" limit="3" position="right"]

    On Thursday, the Ministry of Interior accused several Ansar al-Sharia members of involvement in the assassination of two politicians, Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi, and of violence near Chaambi mountain in western Tunisia, including the killing of eight soldiers in a July ambush.

    The ministry also alleged that the group has ties to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

    “Anyone funding, helping, or belonging to Ansar al-Sharia will be criminalized,” according to Minister of Interior Lotfi Ben Jeddou.

    Ansar al-Sharia’s response did not mention any of these specifics.

    “The fact that political parties are turned against [Islam] only makes us stronger,” the statement said.

    The government banned the group and its activities in May.

    The group thanked its supporters for rejecting the government’s allegations. [display_posts type="same_author" limit="3" position="right"]

    “Ansar al-Sharia are all brothers. We praise those who believe and support the true faith,” the statement said.

    “We salute our religious leaders who refused to be silenced by the agents of evil and denounced exclusion, defamation and intimidation. Islam is grateful to these leaders, bloggers, and human rights activists who exposed the Ministry of Interior’s allegations.”

    Nissaf Slama contributed reporting.

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      england /

      Many of the leading so called terrorist groups start by offing acts of charity in local communities but then they also use that ‘friendship’ as recruiting grounds. Interesting it has taken them this long to speak out. I have not hear of any ‘salifast’ group turning in those who dress like them to the police for crimes they have committed while wearing their garb and sporting beards. Those who support Jihad are willing to be violent right….are these not the people who threw some Imans out of mosques violently so they could install their own people who do nothing but talk about hate and intolerance. Are these not the people who have been intimidating others and destroying art festivals and the like…..if it walks and talks like a duck then its a duck…..Salifi people are not tolerant people they dont want to share and they are violent. Wait and see those communities that take the charity will be called upon in time do prove themselves…it happens every time. Finally to say the Islam unites all muslims is incorrect

    1. Tunisian Man /

      “At its core, it resembles the ideology of traditionalist religious groups like the Amish”

      The writers of the article no nothing of the Amish. They are a truly peaceful group unlike the Salifists. That is why no one in the USA bothers them and regards them with respect. Unlike the Salifist, the Amish is not a cult-following of one man. Jesus was not a “cutlt” he was the manifestation and realization of God.

      “The Salafi is the person who sticks to the Quran and the Sunnah [guide to life based on the prophet Mohamed's teachings], who follows the Prophet, his Sahaba [followers], and the great religious men throughout history,”

      The Koran says nothing about the need to dress like some Grade-B religious movie nor follow “the great religious men throughout history.” Tunisia will always remain a little back-water, third-world country if it doesn’t come into the 21st century in every way. Ties to France need to be broken and secularization and rule-of-law need to be instituted. Tunisia first, religion second. If not, the country will remain a piece of geography that the world forgets; just like the forgotten Armenia, Greece, Kenya, Vietnam, Mexico or Peru.

      • Big al /

        Tunisian Man, WOW EXCELLENT! Let me add something to your definition of Jesus.

        The Revelation of God sending his to die on the cross, is the revelation of his love

        The Revelation of God Raising his son Jesus from Death on the 3 day, is the revelation of Power

        Once Believers in Tunisia get the revelation of God’s power it’s the Salafist words, against the miracles

        Jesus went about doing good and healing all those oppressed of the devil. and he said we could do greater miracles

        Jesus said all things are possible to those who believe

        Jesus said you could speak to a mountain and it would obey you

        Salvation is simple, a man believes with his heart, says with his mouth that Jesus is Lord and salvation comes to his heart.

        do you believe TUNISIAN MAN! DO YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD COULD USE THE PASSION in your heart to do something in tunisia, with the power of God

    2. Big al /

      Wow! Tunisia live, is really kissing the asses of the salafist,

      Wow! they are so great, so perfect so wonderful

      Can they heal the sick, raise the dead, release prisoners, how many orphans have they helped how many
      widows, how many poor people the streets, NADA

      but they destroyed peoples businesses, killed government leadets, killed people at the amercian embassy

      hassle tourists going out with tunisans. and the salafist are cool. wow, what a major assing by the tunsia live wow



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