A recent statement from Asbat al-Ansar in Lebanon announced that one of its members, Abu Qateiba al-Maqdessi, became a ?martyr? in Iraq on Saturday after facing the ?crusaders? force.?
Asbat al-Ansar-the League of the Followers or Partisans? League-is a Lebanon-based, Sunni extremist group, composed primarily of Palestinians and associated with Usama Bin Ladin?s al-Qaida organization. The group follows an extremist interpretation of Islam that justifies violence against civilian targets to achieve political ends. Some of those goals include overthrowing the Lebanese Government and thwarting perceived anti-Islamic and pro-Western influences in the country. The group was designated on March 27, 2002.
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