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 Ansar al-Islam terrorist group lead by Mullah Krekar linked to bomb attack in Kurdish city

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Ansar al-Islam terrorist group lead by Mullah Krekar linked to bomb attack in Kurdish city  15.11.2007

 



November 15, 2007

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 'northern Iraq'.

The group is reported to have exploded a device that destroyed a building in the town's administrative centre.

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 Europe.

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 in 2003.

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.
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Krekar wanted in Iraqi Kurdistan region on charges of terrorist attacks in the region.

Norwegian state radio network NRK reported on October 9, that 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 in Oslo.

"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 (Iraq):

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

On 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 claimed responsibility 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 insurgents.

On 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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