|Abdul Nasser al-Ansari||Abdul Nasser al-Ansari||al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula||Arabia||20040503||Link|
|Abu Taleb Ansari||Abu Taleb Ansari||Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh||Bangladesh||20051009||Link|
|Abu Taleb Ansari||Allahr Dal||Bangladesh||20060304||Link|
|Aftab Ansari||Aftab Ansari||Lashkar-e-Taiba||India-Pakistan||20020512|
|Aftab Ansari||Harkat-e-Jehadi Islami||Afghanistan/South Asia||Mastermind||20020216|
|Aftab Ansari||al-Qaeda affiliate||Terror Networks||Arrested||20020209|
|Aftab Ansari||Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami||India-Pakistan||20020122|
|Ansar Barni||Ansar Barni||Ansar Barni International Welfare Trust||India-Pakistan||20030411|
|Arshad Ansari||Arshad Ansari||Gujarat Muslim Revenge Force||India-Pakistan||20030901|
|Ayman Abdul Qader Al-Ansari||Ayman Abdul Qader Al-Ansari||al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula||Arabia||20040504||Link|
|Ayman Al-Ansari||al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula||Arabia||20040503||Link|
|Babul Ansari||Babul Ansari||Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh||Bangladesh||Bangladeshi||20051009||Link|
|Babul Ansari||Allahr Dal||Bangladesh||Bangladeshi||20060304||Link|
|Firaq Ansari||Firaq Ansari||Lashkar-e-Taiba||India-Pakistan||20060920||Link|
|Jalees Ansari||Jalees Ansari||Tanzim Islahul Muslimeen||India-Pakistan||20030825|
|Maulana Abbas Ansari||Maulana Abbas Ansari||All Parties Hurriyet Conference||India-Pakistan||20020608|
|Mustafa Abdel-Qader Abed al-Ansari||Mustafa Abdul Kader Abed al-Ansari||al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula||Arabia||20040508||Link|
|Mustafa Abdel-Qader Abed al-Ansari||al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula||Arabia||20040504||Link|
|Mustafa Abdel-Qader Abed al-Ansari||Committee for the Defence of the Legitimate Rights||Arabia||20040504||Link|
|Mustafa Abdul Qader Al-Ansari||al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula||Arabia||20040504||Link|
|Mustafa Al-Ansari||al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula||Arabia||20040505||Link|
|Noor Mohammed Abdul Ansari||Noor Mohammed Abdul Ansari||Students Islamic Movement of India||India-Pakistan||Indian||Arrested||Tough Guy||20030524|
|Arrested in connection with Ghatkopar and Mulund bomb blasts.|
|Noor Mohammed Abdul Ansari||Lashkar e-Taiba||India-Pakistan||Indian||Arrested||Tough Guy||20030524|
|Arrested in connection with Ghatkopar and Mulund bomb blasts.|
|Samir Suleiman Al-Ansari||Samir al-Ansari||al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula||Arabia||20040503||Link|
|Samir Suleiman Al-Ansari||al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula||Arabia||20040504||Link|
|Sami Suleiman Al-Ansari||Sami al-Ansari||al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula||Arabia||20040503||Link|
|Sami Al-Ansari||al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula||Arabia||20040505||Link|
|Sami Suleiman Al-Ansari||al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula||Arabia||Saudi||Deceased||Cannon Fodder||20040504||Link|
|Shakil Ansari||Shakil Ansari||Hizbul Mujahideen||Afghanistan/South Asia||20050918||Link|
|Tanveer Ahmed Ansari||Tanveer Ahmed Ansari||Lashkar-e-Taiba||India-Pakistan||20060731||Link|
|Tanvir Ahmad Ansari||Tanvir Ahmad Ansari||Lashkar-e-Taiba||India-Pakistan||20060804||Link|
|Wahid Ansari||Wahid Ansari||Students Islamic Movement of India||India-Pakistan||20030524|
|Wahid Ansari||Lashkar e-Taiba||India-Pakistan||20030524|
|Yunus Ansari||Yunus Ansari||Nepal Muslim Amaraat Society||Afghanistan/South Asia||20040405|
|Zabiuddin Ansari||Zabiuddin Ansari||Lashkar-e-Taiba||India-Pakistan||20060715||Link|
|Ziauddin Ansari||Ziauddin Ansari||Student Islamic Movement of India||India-Pakistan||20060805||Link|
|Seven militants get death sentence in Bangladesh for killing shrine worker|
|[DAWN] A court in Bangladesh sentenced seven to death on Sunday after finding them guilty of killing a shrine worker in 2015, court officials said.|
Bangladesh is facing what appears to be a growing threat of violence and has seen a string of incidents in recent years.
Shrine caretaker, Rahamat Ali, 60, was hacked to death in November 2015 in the northern district of Rangpur. Six others accused of the attack were acquitted by the court.
The convicted men were members of the group, public prosecutor Rathish Chandra Bhowmik told s.
Police believe the same group, which has pledged allegiance to the group, was responsible for the most recent serious attack, when stormed a restaurant in the diplomatic quarter of Dhaka in July 2016, killing 22 people, most of them foreigners.
IS and Al Qaeda have claimed a series of killings of liberals and members of religious minorities in Bangladesh in the past years.
Authorities have consistently ruled out the presence of such groups, blaming domestic instead. security experts say the scale and sophistication of the restaurant attack suggested links to a wider network.
|Saudi-led Coalition, Houthis reportedly held indirect talks to end war|
|[ALMASDARNEWS] Yemen’s Ansar Allah movement, also known as the Houthis, sees positive signs in negotiations with on settling the conflict in the country, but is not confident in their success, Ali Quhum, a member of the movement’s political administration, told Sputnik on Friday.|
He said that Ansar Allah and Riyadh were holding indirect talks mediated by Oman. The negotiations are aimed at ending the civil war and the Saudi-led coalition’s military operation in Yemen.
"There are initial, in some way positive, signs [in the talks]," Quhum said.
A similar information has been shared by the news agency earlier in the day, which reported, citing two diplomats and two Yemeni officials, that Saudi officials met with the representatives as a part of their effort to counter the influence of Iran in the region and stop the ongoing conflict.
As the media outlet explained, the Saudi-led coalition’s actions based on the aim to curb Iran’s alleged pulling power in the region, connected, as Saudis assume, to the alleged ties between Iran and Houthis, denied by both sides. The Yemeni movement insists that they aim is the fight against the country’s corrupt s and Gulf states as a vassal to the West.
Negotiations With Saudi Arabia
According to Quhum, despite positive signs, the movement does not believe in negotiations with Saudi Arabia. He noted that Riyadh was trying to buy some time, but it does not intend to lift the blockade, nor to cease its intervention in Yemen’s civil war.
Quhum highlighted that reopening Yemen’s ports, including Hudaydah located on the Red Sea, had been addressed during the talks, adding that the parties had not yet agreed on any points.
|Five alleged RAW agents acquitted by ATC due to lack of evidence|
|[DAWN] An antiterrorism court acquitted on Wednesday five accused, alleged to be agents of the Indian spy agency, in cases pertaining to anti-state activities, explosives and illicit weapons for want of evidence.|
The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed to have Muhammad Shafiq Khan alias Pappu, an employee of the Water and Sewerage Board, Abdul Jabbar alias Zafar Tension, Mohsin Khan alias Kashif, Khalid Aman alias Dad and Adil Ansari in August 2015 in Gulistan-e-Jauhar for allegedly working for the Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing ( ), getting training in India, being involved in terrorism and anti-state activities as well as carrying explosives and weapons.
After recording evidence of witnesses and concluding arguments from both sides, the judge of ATC-I, who conducted the trial after amalgamating all the cases, exonerated the accused persons of all charges for lack of evidence.
A judicial magistrate had recorded the confessional statement of accused Khalid Aman under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code in 2015.
|Faizul followed Dawah Ilallah forum’s guidance to attack Zafar Iqbal|
|[Dhaka Tribune] Foyzur Rahman Faizul, who stabbed noted author Professor Zafar Iqbal at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), has confessed that he carried out the attack under the guidance of an internet forum named Dawah Ilallah.|
During interrogation, the culprit also revealed that members of that forum frequently held discussion about murdering the professor.
The information was disclosed by a number of officials concerned on Wednesday.
According to sources, after being instructed by the forum users to murder Zafar Iqbal, Faizul joined a gym in the Medina Market area of Sylhet, for physical training.
The forum also provided guidance to Faizul, instructing him on how to carry out a lethal attack.
The youth then bought a commando knife from the al-Hamra Market in Zindabazar area of Sylhet.
Sylhet Metropolitan Police Commissioner Golam Kibria said: "We have a strong suspicion that someone accompanied Faizul during the attack on Zafar Iqbal but the youth is refusing to talk about it, and is repeatedly claiming that he acted alone.
" he did provide us with some useful information, which is being scrutinized."
The police commissioner said: "We now know some crucial information, such as the recent whereabouts of Faizul, where he bought the commando knife from and details about his plan.
"A drive to identify and detain his cohorts is currently underway."
What is Dawah Ilallah forum?
An official of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit, on condition of anonymity, said: "Faizul admitted during interrogation that he was a member of an internet forum named Dawah Ilallah.
"The forum labeled Zafar Iqbal as an atheist, and held frequent discussions on possible ways to murder him. Faizul volunteered to kill the professor. The forum users than began to train and guide the youth through forum discussions."
The official further added: "With the help of virtual discussions, Faizul was taught to attack targets on their heads and at the back of their necks for a quick death. Based on the training, he attacked Zafar Iqbal on his head and neck."
a number of officials concerned have confirmed that Dawah Ilallah is an internet forum run by banned terror groups Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) and Ansar al-Islam.
|Egyptian court places 319 Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis members on terror list|
|[AlAhram] A Cairo criminal court placed on Wednesday 319 defendants who are members of the Ansar Beit al-Maqdis terrorist organization on the country's terror list. affiliate |
The defendants are charged in a 2017 case with adopting the ideology of the terrorist group, carrying out terrorist attacks, as well as accusing members of the Armed Forces, police, and Christians of being infidels as a justification for killing them.
The court also removed 14 people from the terror list in a 2014 terrorism-related case.
The 14 people cleared were among 1,538 members accused of providing financial assistance to Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.
|Conspiracy to kill Joy: Arrest warrant issued for Shafik Rehman, 3 others|
|[Dhaka Tribune] A Dhaka court has issued arrest warrants for journalist Shafik Rehman and three others in the case filed over an alleged conspiracy to kidnap and kill Prime Minister ’s son Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy.|
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Sharafuzzaman Ansary on Tuesday issued the warrants after accepting the charges police levelled against five individuals.
Aside from Shafik, among the accused are pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha’s Vice-President Mohammad Ullah Mamun, his son Rizvi Ahmed Caesar, and Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan, an expatriate Bangladeshi businessman living in the United States.
The fifth accused who was also indicted is Mahmudur Rahman, the acting editor of Daily Amar Desh. Mahmudur, who is currently out on bail, was present in court on Tuesday.
Shafik, former editor of the Daily Jaijaidin, is also out on bail at present. His lawyer Joynul Abedin on Tuesday sought more time as Shafik is currently in London with his wife, who is undergoing cancer treatment.
But the court rejected the plea and issued the warrant.
Senior Assistant Commissioner of the Detective Branch (DB) of police Hasan Arafat, also the case investigating officer, had submitted the charge sheet in court on February 22, accusing the five for allegedly conspiring to kidnap and murder Joy, who is also the ICT affairs adviser to the PM.
On August 3, 2015, DB Inspector Fazlur Rahman had filed the case at Paltan model .
According to the case details, Shafik, Mahmudur, Mamun, and several other leaders of BNP and its allied political parties had met in several places ‐ both in Dhaka and in New York and the UK ‐ in 2011 and plotted to abduct and kill Joy in the US.
Shafik had also allegedly met with Mamun’s son Caesar, the then FBI special agent Robert Lustyik, and Lustyik’s friend Johannes Thaler in the UK, the US, and Bangladesh in 2012 to finalize the plot, police said.
|JNIM confirms deaths of co-founder, senior leaders in French raids|
|[LongWarJournal] In its official claim of responsibility for Friday’s terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, al Qaeda’s Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) also confirmed the deaths of several of its senior leaders.|
According to the jihadist group, the assault on the French embassy in Ouagadougou was in response to the French raids on Feb. 14 between Boughessa, Mali, and Tinzaouatene, Algeria. In that operation, French forces conducted three simultaneous raids, accompanied with airstrikes, which killed or captured over 20 jihadist fighters. JNIM confirmed the death of six of its leaders, including its co-founder, Ansari target=_blank>Hasan al Ansari.
Ansari, along with Mokhtar Belmokhtar and Ahmed el Tilemsi, was also a co-founder of Al Murabitoon. He would later become the second-in-command of the al Qaeda-loyal group, before becoming a co-founder and senior leader within JNIM. In the photo above, Ansari can be seen sitting second from the right between Iyad Ag Ghaly and Abu Abdul Rahman al Sanhaji, another Murabitoon official.
JNIM also confirmed the death of two top Ansar Dine>Ansar Dine commanders, Malik Ag Wanesnet and Abdullah Ag Oufata. Wanesnet, also known as Abu al Tayyib, was a former colonel in the Malian army before defecting to the jihadist cause and becoming a top military commander for Ansar Dine. Oufata was the former mayor of Boughessa, Mali, before he joined the Tuareg jihadist group. Ansar Dine joined Murabitoon, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s Sahara branch, and Ansar Dine’s Katibat Macina (also known as the Macina Liberation Front) to form JNIM last year.
|Six members of Daesh-linked terror cell arrested in Egypt's Minya: Source|
|[AlAhram] Security forces raided the terrorist camp near Maghagha after conducting surveillance of the cell's communications, according to a security source|
Six members of a cell affiliated to the terrorist organization have been by security forces in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Minya during a raid on their training camp, a security source said on Sunday.
According to the source, the cell consisted of six people who had established a training camp near Maghagha, a city in the north of Minya.
The source said that the terror group viewed the training camp as the starting point for a widespread campaign of attacks in the governorate.
The interior ministry’s national-security investigations department had been monitoring the organization's communications, said the source, observing cell members ahead of the raid on the camp.
One cell member was able to escape ahead of the raid, but security forces arrested him during a campaign in Upper Egypt’s Sohag, where the "terrorist" is originally from.
"The success by the national security apparatus in Minya to arrest such a cell has thwarted a major terror plot that the organization was planning to execute," the security source said.
|US designates 'Daesh-Egypt', other ISIS affiliates as terrorist groups|
|[AlAhram] The US Department of State designated on Wednesday "-Egypt" as a terrorist group as part of new designations of groups and individuals in several countries, saying it will continue to target and "deny it access to the US financial system." |
The designation also included 40 leaders and groups in Tunisia, Somalia, Nigeria, Bangladesh and the Philippines.
"These designations are part of a larger comprehensive plan to defeat [ ] in coordination with the 75-member global coalition to defeat the group," a statement said.
The -Egypt group has for terrorist attacks in Egypt's Wahat region, the Nile Delta and Upper Egypt.
-Egypt most recently claimed an attack by a gunman on a Coptic church in Helwan, south of Cairo, which killed nine people in December.
In April 2014, the US designated the North Sinai-based affiliate Ansar Beit al-Maqdis as a terrorist organization.
In January, the US State Department placed on its terror list two other Egyptian terrorist groups, Hasm and , which Egyptian authorities have linked to the organization.
Manila Hails US Move to Blacklist Local IS-Linked Groups
[AnNahar] The Philippines hailed on Wednesday Washington's decision to blacklist two local pro- groups, including one which occupied the southern city of Marawi last year, triggering a months-long battle.
The US State Department and the Department of Treasury designated the Maute group and the Dawlatul Islamiyah Waliyatul Masrik as "terrorist organizations" on Tuesday, blocking US-based assets belonging to them or their supporters and barring Americans from dealing with them.
"The (move) is an affirmation of what Philippine authorities already know -- that the Maute Group and the Dawlah-Islamiya are terrorist groups that need to be dealt with decisively using the full force of the law," a statement by the defence ministry in Manila said.
"They will be denied access to the US financial system and will face sanctions as may be deemed appropriate, making it more difficult for them to conduct their activities in the Philippines and abroad."
Militants from the Maute group were routed from Marawi last October after a five-month battle sparked by its bid to establish an IS caliphate in the largely Catholic country's southern Mindanao region.
The US, a long-time defence ally, helped Philippine forces with intelligence input, including reconnaissance flights, during the fighting which claimed more than 1,100 lives and reduced large parts of the city to rubble.
However the Philippine military warned last week that remaining members of the group have recruited about 200 to mount another attempt.
The Dawlatul Islamiyah, or Dawlah-Islamiya as designated by the Philippine defence ministry, is a smaller faction also based in Mindanao.
"We are profoundly committed to preventing ISIS from gaining (a) foothold in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia, and we should continue working together on this objective," Philippine Foreign Undersecretary Ernesto Abella told s, using an acronym for IS.
Brigadier-General Bienvenido Datuin, for the Philippine military, said the US move would boost local counter-terrorism efforts.
"(A) specific advantage... is the checking of money trail, financial sources, logistics lines and conduits of terror groups in foreign countries that may have connections with local violent s," he said.
Other armed Philippine groups that have made the US terror blacklist in previous years include the New People's Army, waging a decades-old Maoist armed rebellion, and the , which linked up with the Maute in Marawi last year.
|Kasur rapist-murderer sentenced to death in Pakistan|
|[Al Jazeera] A Pak serial killer convicted of rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl Zainab Ansari has been sentenced to death, prosecutors say.|
The trial was held in the eastern city Lahore by the country's special anti-terrorism court on Saturday in the presence of the killer, Mohammad Imran Ali.
Zainab was found dead in a rubbish dump on January 9 in Kasur district near Lahore, in province, several days after her disappearance.
Imran was two weeks after he committed the crime that ignited nationwide protests.
"I am very thankful to the chief justice; he treated Zainab like his own daughter," Zainab's father Amin Ansari told Al Jazeera.
Imran Ali is sentenced to death on four counts but Zainab's mother deems this as insufficient for the crimes he committed.
"I want him hanged where he threw Zainab's body. And he should be stoned. Hanging him is just ordinary for him," Nusrat Amin told Al Jazeera.
"Everyone should take part in stoning him. And this thing about four hangings, one hanging, two hangings, what difference does it make? I want him hanged where he killed my girl."
|Police: Momena was in contact with foreign fighters in Syria|
|[Dhaka Tribune] Momena Shoma, the woman who was in Australia last week after stabbing a man, had been in contact with several Bangladeshi fighters in Syria, says Counter-terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit chief Monirul Islam.|
Monirul said Shoma had applied for a visa after securing admission at a university, but it had been denied by the embassy in Dhaka. At the time, many Bangladeshis were being denied visas to for fear they would seek entry to the Syrian battlefield, as thousands of IS supporters had done.
Then she went to Australia securing a scholarship from a university and launched an IS inspired "lone wolf" attack in Melbourne.
Monirul Islam said Shoma had struck up a relationship with Nazibullah Ansari, a Bangladeshi national fighting in Syria. Shoma wanted to marry Nazibullah, but her family refused to allow the two to marry.
The information came forth during the interrogation of Momena’s younger sister Asmaul Hosna Sumona and their father, Monirul said.
In 2016, law enforcement agencies had included Nazibullah’s name on the first list of the 10 missing youths suspected to be involved with militancy.
A CTTC official said Momena also had contact with another Bangladeshi , Gazi Sohan.
Gazi introduced her to Nazibullah in 2014, when she was studying English language and Literature at North South University (NSU).
Gazi Sohan went to Syria to fight for Islamic State on December 11, 2014 but came back to Dhaka on May next year. He has been held in the custody since his return.
|Home Front: Culture Wars|
|Why Random, Meaningless Sex Is a Bad Idea for Women|
|[PJ] In the weeks following "Grace’s" babe.com tell-all about her bad date with actor-comedian Aziz Ansari, the internet has exploded with articles instructing women on how to date. Women should tell their partners "exactly what we want sexually, and how we want it," suggested Roxanne Jones on CNN.com. HuffingtonPost quoted sex therapist Sarah Watson, who says that sexual pleasure is a woman’s "birthright." Newsweek counseled, "Consent must be enthusiastic, it must be verbal, and it must be specific." But hardly anywhere in these myriad articles did anyone suggest that a woman’s sexual experience would be improved if she got to know her partner first.|
Call me old-fashioned, but I thought dating and sex were two different things. On a date, a woman can learn important things about her partner ‐ things that may inform her decision about whether or not to have sex with him in the future. Is he polite, kind, and conscientious? Does she find him interesting? Does he make her laugh? Is he the kind of man she could imagine herself in a relationship with? And then ‐ when she’s got a sense of who he is, if she likes him, and where the relationship is going ‐ she can decide whether or not she wants to take things to the next level. But this, apparently, isn't a feminist-approved dating technique.
Much of the tension around dating in America today stems from the idea that sex is simply one item on a menu of things you might do on a first or second date with someone you barely know. Maybe you’ll have dinner, maybe you’ll see a movie, maybe you’ll have sex. But the fact that it’s physically possible to have sex with a stranger doesn’t mean that it’s safe ‐ physically or emotionally ‐ to do so.