Ansar al-Islam terrorist group lead by Mullah Krekar
linked to bomb attack in Kurdish city
Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', --
Armed members of Ansar al-Islam, headed by Mullah
Krekar who is now facing extradition from Norway,
has bombed a building in Shahrabazir, near
Sulaimaniyah, in the autonomous Kurdistan region of
The group is reported to have exploded a device that
destroyed a building in the town's administrative
Citing several sources, the Kurdish website Sabay
said "we don't yet know the full extent of the loss
of life or damage".
There was immediate speculation that the attack was
in response to a decision by Norway's Supreme Court
last week to expel Mullah Krekar because he is
considered a security threat.
An Iraqi Kurd, Krekar founded the Ansar al-Islam
organisation while he was a refugee in Norway where
he settled in 1991. He claims to have no knowledge
of its alleged terrorist activities.
Mullah Krekar, the founder of radical and Terrorist
Islamist group Ansar al-Islam. Krekar, whose real
name is Fateh Najmeddin Faraj
A member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan which
administers Kurdistan said: "The return of the group
to its activities is due to the decision by a
Norwegian court to extradite Krekar who will be
handed over to Kurdish authorities.
"Mullar Krekar could have communicated with his
group in Kurdistan to renew activities in a way to
put pressure on the Kurdish leadership ahead of his
transfer to regional authorities," the source said.
"Or it is in response to the court's sentence."
While visiting Iraq in August 2002, the Norwegian
government revoked Krekar's refugee status on the
grounds that he directed terrorist activities.
He was arrested in the Netherlands a month later,
after Iran denied him entry and sent him back to
After a prolonged court case, Norway's Supreme Court
has now upheld a previous court ruling made in
February 2003 to deport him to Iraq.
The source predicted similar attacks would take
place during Krekar's transfer with the goal of
confirming his return to the Iraqi scene.
It's the first time since the fall of Saddam Hussein
that Ansar al-Islam conducted an attack against a
local district in the autonomous region.
Their principal havens in the border area with Iran
were destroyed at the beginning of the US liberation
The radical Ansar al-Islam terrorist group is banned
in Kurdistan region (Iraq) and listed as a terrorist
group by USA and Iraqi Kurdistan. Mullah Krekar, the founder
of radical and Terrorist Islamist group Ansar
al-Islam. Krekar, whose real name is Fateh Najmeddin
Faraj, living in Oslo.
The mostly Kurdish Sunni extremist group is tied to
al-Qaeda in Iraq and suspected in suicide bombings
of coalition forces in Iraq. www.ekurd.net
Krekar wanted in Iraqi Kurdistan region on charges of
terrorist attacks in the region.
Norwegian state radio network NRK reported on
Krekar runs several Internet
sites, including one called www.dorbeen.com
that presents American loses in Iraq and Afghanistan
as positive developments and has links to other
sites with videos of attacks on U.S. forces.
Krekar has refused to talk about the site. NRK said
there is no doubt that the sites are registered to
Krekar's wife and are operated from his home address
"Osama bin Laden is a good man. I wish him a long
life. He is a good Muslim and he is against the Bush
administration," Krekar, known for his controversial
statements, told AFP in Oslo in 2006.
Ansar al-Islam terrorist attacks in Kurdistan region
Seven Kurdish border guards
killed in Iraqi Kurdistan ambush by
Ansar al-Islam terrorist group on July 16, 2007
In May 2005 a suicide bomber
killed at least 60 people and
wounded 150 more when he blew himself
up at the office of a Kurdish party in the northern
Iraqi city of Erbil
May 9, 2007 a suicide truck
bomber from Ansar al-Islam kills 19, wounds 70 in
Iraqi Kurdistan's capital of Erbil, Kurdish Ansar
al-Islam terrorist group has
for the blast.
May 13 was another bloody day for the Kurds, a
suicide car bomb targeted the headquarters of the
KDP party in Makhmour city in Kurdistan region
killed at least 30 people and
wounded 115 others including the
city's mayor. Nine members of Ansar al-Islam were
arrested for these terrorist attacks. Security
forces in Iraq’s Kurdistan autonomous region have
arrested several followers of previously tolerated
Islamist parties, accusing them of links to
February 26, 2007,
Houzan Mahmoud, an international representative of
MADRE's sister organization, the Organization of
Women's Freedom in Iraq, received a death threat by
e-mail signed by Ansar al-Islam terrorist group.
The death threat, delivered via e-mail, read, "With
the permission of Great God, we will kill you either
in Iraq or in London by the middle of March, because
you are campaigning against Islam. You should be
sent to God for punishment."
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