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Mullah Krekar Interview ( Kurdistan Iraq )

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Uploaded on Sep 29, 2006

Insight News Television presents a film on Ansar al Islam - the radical Islamic militia named by US Secretary of State Colin Powell in his speach to the UN. He said it was one of the missing links between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.

Our reporter, Jonathan Miller, spent two days with Ansar's leader, Mullah Krekar. Krekar's an Iraqi Kurd, but is today living in Norway, which granted his family political asylum ten years ago. Refugee status hasn't stopped him from returning regularly to Northern Iraq ( Kurdistan ) to wage jihad and commit human rights abuses against his own people. Krekar set up a Taliban-style mini-state on the Iraq / Iran border where pop music and TV have been outlawed and Sharia law rules.

Powell said Ansar al-Islam offered sanctuary to al-Qaeda fighters who fled Afghanistan - chief among them, bin Laden's chemical and biological weapons man, Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi. He's been linked to the assassination of a US diplomat in Jordan last October and the ricin poison plot in Britain last month. Powell also said an Iraqi agent occupies a leadership position in Ansar al-Islam.

In interview, the Mullah addresses each of the detailed allegations put to him - the same allegations made by Powell at the UN. Miller presents Krekar with detailed video and audiotape evidence of his activities and of atrocities which international human rights groups say his group carried out.

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