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Tunisia: Salafists Demonstrate for Sharia under Al Qaeda Banner (+ Video)

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As the magazine Le Courrier de l’Atlas reports, thousands of Islamists, “the majority of them Salafis,” demonstrated in front of the constituent national assembly in Tunis last Friday, in order to demand that the sharia be recognized in the future Tunisian constitution as the fundamental source of the law.

Salafism is the ultra-fundamentalist version of Islam embraced by al Qaeda. Images of the demonstration posted by Le Courrier de l’Atlas show that many demonstrators were waving al Qaeda’s distinctive black flag — or a white version of the latter — and even more were waving the “caliphate” flag: a simple black or white flag with the shahada, the Islamic declaration of faith written, on it.

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The “caliphate” flag has likewise been closely associated with al-Qaeda and the white version was used by the Taliban.

The images posted by Le Courrier de l’Atlas include both a thirteen-minute-longvideo clip and an ampleselection of photos.

Near the outset of the so-called Arab Spring, numerous ostensibly expert commentators in the Western media confidently affirmed that the upheaval in the Arab world had marginalized al-Qaeda or even rendered it outright “irrelevant.” (For just one example of such analyses, see here from The Guardian.)

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al qaeda flag in Bengasi

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In the meanwhile, al-Qaeda flags have sprung up in the cradle of the Libyan rebellion in Benghazi and are being proudly displayed by rebels in Syria. Caliphate flags have been a veritable staple of the Syrian protests against Bashar Assad.

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Al Qaeda in Syria - Homs

Al Qaeda in Syria - Killing of Syrian patriots

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Now thousands of Salafis converge upon Tunisia’s constituent assembly waving at least scores if not hundreds of al-Qaeda and caliphate flags.

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Will the “experts” admit they were wrong?

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By John Rosenthal – March 21

— John Rosenthal writes on European politics and transatlantic security issues. You can follow his work at www.trans-int.com or on Facebook.

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3 responses to “Tunisia: Salafists Demonstrate for Sharia under Al Qaeda Banner (+ Video)

  1. TALIB WEB SITE IS theunjustmedia.com there are only 2 reporters, one is QARI MUHAMMAD YOUSOF N THE OTHER I CANT RECALL. A QARI MUSLIM WILL NOT WRITE OR REPORT RUBBISH. IF THEY HAVE THE NUMBER, THEY WILL GIVE IT, IF NOT THEY WILL SAY UNKNOWN. NOT SHOOTING FROM THE HIP BUT FROM THE SCANNER. WASSALAM, MY BRO.

  2. I CANNOT COMMENT BECAUSE OF THE AZAN IS TOTALLY WRONG. IN SYRIA IT IS NOT AL QHAEDA BUT A NEW GROUP CALLED TAKFIRI, NEVER HEARD OF IT BEFORE. I THINK THEY ARE QATAR ARMY COMMANDO UNDER COVER AS MILITANTS FUNDED BY SAUDI. DO NOT DISLIKE THE TALIBAN BECAUSE THEY ARE MOSTLY PASHTUN ORIGIN TO FREE THEIR HOMELAND FROM THE PUPPET GOVT. THEY ARE TRUE JIHADI OR FREEDOM FIGHTER TO CHASE OUT NATO FOREIGN TROOPS. AFTER THAT THEY WILL OVER THROW THE PUPPET GOVT. IN AFGHANISTAN. THEY ARE GOD FEARING MUJAHIDIN N FIGHT THE ISLAMIC WAYS, UNLIKE THOSE IN LIBYA N SYRIA. LIBYA N SYRIA MILITANTS ARE JUST VICIOUS ANIMALS WHO DOES NOT FOLLOW THE ISLAMIC RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. THIS IS HOW I SEE IT. WASSALAM. AFGHANISTAN MULLAH OMAR IS A GOOD TRUE MUSLIM JIHADI COMMANDER. IT IS THE NATO TROOPS WHO ARE WORST THAT VICIOUS ANIMALS. WASSALAM MY BROTHER.

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