Name of Organization   Ansar ul-Mujahideen

 

Formation  

The organization was formed in 2010.[1]

The group mostly consists of Uzbek fighters and was originally established in North Waziristan, Pakistan under the name of Ittehad-e Mujahideen Khorasan or Lashkar-e Khorasan.

 

Leadership   Hafiz Gul Bahadur:

The group was originally established under the command of Hafiz Gul Bahadur, but later on he had differences with other members of the outfit[2]. Gul Bahadur is also the supreme commander of the Taliban in North Waziristan, Pakistan. He belongs to Madda Khel clan of the Uthmanzai Wazir and is believed to be a descendant of Mirza Ali Khan, who gained his fame for resistance against the British Indian government. He is a resident of Lwara and received his religious education from a Deobandi seminary in Multan. Gul Bahadur took active part in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion in the 1980s and in the subsequent civil war. He was appointed deputy head of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in 2007, but distanced himself from the group after rifts emerged between the various factions. Later, Hafiz Gul Bahadur, Baitullah Mahsud and Mullah Nazir formed the Shura Ittihad ul-Mujahideen for Afghanistan. Gul Bahadur is also involved in peace deals with the Pakistani government in 2006 and 2008[3]. He has also shown resistance against the anti-polio vaccination drive in North Waziristan, Pakistan[4].
The only other name that appears in relation to the leadership of the outfit is the spokesman Abu Baseer[5].

 

School of Thought   Unknown

 

Structure of the Organization  

There is no information available on the structure of the organization. It has been referred to as “an alliance of splinter groups”[6].

 

Financial Resources  

Unknown

 

Status  

Active

 

Recruitment tools & demographics  

It is known that the group consists mainly of militants with Uzbek descent, but there is no data regarding their recruitment tools and resources.

 

Ideology  

Unknown

 

Areas of Operation   The organization has carried out terrorist activities and engaged security forces in North Waziristan, Pakistan and Kurram Agency[7].

 

Linkages   The outfit has links with Haqqani Network, Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan and Hafiz Gul Bahadur.
Tools   Print Media:
Not Available

Publications:
Not Available

    Audio / Video:
Not Available

Social Media:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ansar-ul-Mujahideen-under-mujahideen-e-khorasan-network/420884147961688
 

web site   Not Available
 
Name Variations   The outfit was originally known as Ittehad-e Mujahideen Khorasan or Lashkar-e Khorasan[8].
 

 

Who they are

It is an alliance of splinter groups consisting mainly of Uzbek fighters. The outfit has been involved in targeting informants and spies, mostly providing information for drone strikes[9]. Recently, the group is also engaged in carrying out terrorist activities against civilians in Kurram Agency[10] and security forces in North Waziristan, Pakistan[11].

History

Ansar ul-Mujahideen was established by the name of Lashkar-e Khorasan in 2010 and has also been referred to as Ittehad-e Mujahideen Khorasan. As mentioned earlier the outfit was originally formed as a counter intelligence unit against rival informants and drone strikes. The group was originally established under the command of Hafiz Gul Bahadur, but later on he had differences with other members of the outfit[12].

Organization's Message

Unknown.

Target Audience

Unknown.

Tools

From the information acquired, it is evident that they are utilizing Facebook page under the title of “Ansar ul Mujahideen (under mujahideen e khorasan network)”, created on July 21, 2012. The latest post has appeared on July 27, 2013 asking about their involvement in the bombing against Shias of a marketplace in Parachinar. There are 349 likes for this page, five (05) posts and five (05) pictures shared on the wall. The particular activities of the group are not promoted on this page; rather the tool is dedicated to “Supporting the mujahideen brothers worldwide online” or endorsing violent extremist activities

 
 

Splinter Groups

N/A

 

 

References:

[1] Roggio, B. (2011). Taliban create Lashkar-e-Khorasan to hunt Predator spies. The Long War Journal. March 28, 2011. Retrieved on: September 05, 2013. Retrieved from: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2011/03/taliban_create_lashk.php

[2] Sulaiman, S. & Bukhari, S. A. (2009). Hafiz Gul Bahadur: A Profile of the Leader of the North Waziristan, Pakistan Taliban. Terrorism Monitor. The Jamestown Foundation. April 10, 2009. Volume VII, Issue 9. Retrieved on: September 09, 2013, Retrieved from: http://www.jamestown.org/uploads/media/TM_007_9_03.pdf

[3] Nasruminallah. (2012). No polio drives in N Waziristan, Pakistan unless drone strikes stop: Hafiz Gul Bahadur. The Express Tribune. June 16, 2012. Retrieved on: September 09, 2013, Retrieved from: http://tribune.com.pk/story/394714/no-polio-drives-in-n-waziristan-unless-drone-strikes-stop-hafiz-gul-bahadur/

[4] Pakistan Today. (2013). TTP, Ansarul Mujahideen warn against hanging Dr Usman, associate. Retrieved on: September 05, 2013. Retrieved from:

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/08/15/news/national/ttp-ansarul-mujahideen-warn-against-hanging-dr-usman-associate/

[5] Roggio, B. (2011). Bahadar has falling out with Lashkar-e-Khorasan. The Long War Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved on: September 05, 2013. Retrieved from:
http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2011/09/bahadar_has_falling_out_with_l.php

[6] Newsweek. (2013). Parachinar Targeted by Taliban. July 27, 2013. Retrieved on: September 05, 2013. http://newsweekpakistan.com/parachinar-targeted-by-taliban/

[7] Roggio, B. (2011). Bahadar has falling out with Lashkar-e-Khorasan. The Long War Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved on: September 05, 2013. Retrieved from:
http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2011/09/bahadar_has_falling_out_with_l.php

[8] Roggio, B. (2011). Taliban create Lashkar-e-Khorasan to hunt Predator spies. The Long War Journal. March 28, 2011. Retrieved on: September 05, 2013. Retrieved from: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2011/03/taliban_create_lashk.php

[9] Newsweek. (2013). Parachinar Targeted by Taliban. July 27, 2013. Retrieved on: September 05, 2013. http://newsweekpakistan.com/parachinar-targeted-by-taliban/

[10] Wazir, U. D. (2013). Suicide Attack On Security Check Post In NWA. FATA Research Center (FRC). June 04, 2013. Retrieved on: September 09, 2013. Retrieved from: http://frc.com.pk/news/suicide-attack-on-security-check-post-in-nwa/

[11] Roggio, B. (2011). Bahadar has falling out with Lashkar-e-Khorasan. The Long War Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved on: September 05, 2013. Retrieved from: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2011/09/bahadar_has_falling_out_with_l.php

[12] Pakistannewsviews. (2012). Hafiz Gul Bahadur government agreement to the group in danger. May 07, 2012. Retrieved on: September 09, 2013. Retrieved from: http://pakistannewsviews.blogspot.com/2012/05/hafiz-gul-bahadur-government-agreement.html

[13] Institute for the Study of War (ISW). The Haqqani Network. Retrieved on: September 09, 2013. Retrieved from: http://www.understandingwar.org/report/haqqani-network

[14] Hughes, D. & Ferran, L. (2012). Haqqani Network To Be Officially Designated 'Terrorists'. ABC News. September 07, 2012. Retrieved on: September 09, 2013. Retrieved from: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/haqqani-network-officially-designated-terrorists/story?id=17181785

[17] Gopal, A., Mahsud, M. K. & Fishman, B. (2010). Inside Pakistan's tribal frontier: North Waziristan, Pakistan. Foreign Policy. April 23, 2010. Retrieved on: September 09, 2013. Retrieved from: http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/04/23/inside_pakistans_tribal_frontier_north_waziristan