Abu Bakar Bashir's sons reject ISIL, form new group

August 16, 2014
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Abu Bakar Bashir's sons have left Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT) after refusing to declare allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), The Jakarta Post reported Wednesday (August 13th).

Abdul "Iim" Rohim and Rosyid Ridho have formed a rival jihadist group, Jamaah Ansharusy Syariah (JAS), eroding Bashir's long-standing position as spiritual leader of Indonesia's terror networks, the Post said.

"Our father has said that anyone refusing to support ISIL should step aside," Iim told the paper. "Sad to say, we're among those that see that our presence [in JAT] is no longer wanted."

JAS boasts 2,000 members in Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, West Nusa Tenggara and Bengkulu, many of whom left JAT because they didn't want to join ISIL, the paper said.

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