Harkat ul-Ansar

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Harkat ul-Ansar (HuA) was an Islamic militant organization founded by Abdelkader Mokhtari in 1993. It was the result of a merger between the groups Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI). Many of its operations were conducted in Jammu and Kashmir.[1][2]

Soon after its founding, several members of its leadership were arrested by Indian Security Forces. In November 1993 the former head of HuM, Nasrullah Mansur Langrayal, was arrested.[citation needed] In February 1994 the HuA general secretary, Maulana Masood Azhar, and chief commander, Sajjad Afghani, were captured in the Chattargul area of Anantnag district.[2]

It was labeled a terrorist organization in 1997 by the United States because of its connections with Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden.[1] The ban severely limited the funding of the group, and as a result HuA was reorganized as a reincarnated Harkat-ul-Mujahideen. At the time, Azhar split from the group to form Jaish-e-Mohammed.[1]

Jamiat ul-Ansar is considered as the continuation of the HuA.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Harkat ul-Ansar". South Asia Terrorism Portal. 2001. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  2. ^ a b Sahni, Sati (1999). "Who are the Harkat-ul-Ansar?" (in English). Rediff. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 

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