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Ansar Al-Sharia denies pledging alliance to IS

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Ansar Al-Sharia group in Benghazi has issued a statement to deny swearing alliance to the Islamic State (IS), which was reported in “Dabiq” magazine, issued by IS group. The reply from Ansar Al-Sgaria contained a condemnation to the statement of a leader in IS called AbuAl-Mogheera Al-Qahtany.

The statement pointed to the low numbers of who swore alliance to IS, explaining that, members who pledged alliance aren’t leaders at Ansar Al-Sharia and are no longer members of the group.

Ansar Al-Sharia group denied any relations to the “apostate” national rescue government (in Tripoli), as stated. The group considers parliament and legislation assembly as kufr and fight against Allah and his messenger, according to the statement.

The group explained that, it aimed at applying sharia since its beginning, and pledging alliance to IS isn’t a duty, adding that their announcements call for holding on to Allah’s rope, by contrary to what was mentioned in Dabiq’s article that they spread divisions amongst Muslims.

The statement said that, Ansar Al-Sharia leaders won’t let go of fighting “apostates”, pursuing death for the sake of Allah (shahada), and supporting religion.

Last November, Security Council has announced Ansar Al-Sharia in Libya a terrorist group because of involvement in the attack against the American consulate in Benghazi in 2012.