Krekar is designated as an international terrorist with links to Al
Qaeda. Yet in
European politically correct legal principles protect his "safety"
while he continues to use the internet to urge killing and war.
Mullah Krekar was
Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad in the
Sulaimania in Kurdish northern
July 7, 1956.
He has been living in
as a "refugee" since 1991, being granted asylum in 1992. He
1982, after studying Arabic. He studied Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh)
in Sindh in
under the tutelage of Abdullah Azzam, the mentor of Osama bin Laden
and a suspected co-founder of Al Qaeda.
This week, Krekar has been
Oslo, while appealing
against an order to have him deported. His battles against
deportation have gone on since 2002. He officially lost his
"refugee" status in
August 2002 but has resisted all attempts at
deportation. In 2003, the Norwegian immigration department, UDI,
decided that Krekar was a threat to national security, and that he
had given incorrect information to immigration officials. Krekar
appealed their decision. They also decided that his refugee status
should be stripped and his travel documents, work and residence
permits taken away. Krekar appealed again, and in
March 2005 the UDI reiterated its 2003 decision.
prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik said in parliament: "Mullah
Krekar is expelled from
and so we want to deport him. We begin the process now because there
are plans to install an Iraqi government. But we cannot send a man
back to a country where he risks a death sentence or other inhuman
It is unlikely that Krekar will be
deported in the near future, as the Norwegian authorities still
regard the situation in
as unsafe for him to return. In
September 2005 Abdel Hussein Shandal, justice
Minister in the Iraqi government, said that Krekar should appear in
an Iraqi court to face terrorism charges. Shandal offered guarantees
that Krekar would not face the death penalty, and that he would not
be extradited to other countries if returned. In response to
Shandal's comments, Krekar had responded: "For three years now, I
haven't done anything against the Iraqi government."
September 29, 2005 an appeals court ruled that the
decision to expel Krekar could not be over-ruled. His lawyer Brynjar
Meling threatened to take case all the way to the Supreme Court, and
Krekar is now in that court as a result.
The one person who has paid scant
regard to issues of Krekar's "safety" in
is Krekar himself. Since he fraudulently gained asylum back in 1992,
he has made numerous visits to northern
On one of those visits Krekar founded the terrorist group
Ansar al Islam fi Kurdistan (Supporters of Islam
Kurdistan) in December 2001. This
group had its headquarters in Biyarah, close to the Iranian border.
In its home town, Ansar al-Islam has been
responsible for the burning down of beauty salons and
murdering women who refuse to wear burkas.
Krekar's regime had continued to
cause civilians fear in his fiefdom in northern
August 2002. In the villages under his leadership,
girls were prevented from going to school. All music and advertising
was banned, and women were ordered to be fully covered. In
Oslo, Kurdish refugees
were said to be in fear of him.
said to have founded Ansar al-Islam with
financial support from Al Qaeda. The "seed money" for funding has
been estimated as $300,000 to $600,000. Ansar al-Islam's main
opponents have been members of the secular Patriotic Union of
Kurdistan (PUK). In February 2003, Ansar Islam members killed
Shawkat Hajji Mushir, founder of the PUK. A US State Department
report from April 2003 entitled "Patterns
of Global Terrorism 2002 states (pp 128-9) that the
group is closely affiliated with Al Qaeda, and has provided shelter
to Al Qaeda fighters fleeing
Ansar al-Islam was then boasting of its production of toxins - ricin,
aflatoxins and cyanide.
Patterns of Global Terrorism 2003 report claims (pp
88-9) that in March 2003, when Ansar al-Islam's base (at Biyarah)
was destroyed by air strikes, members of the group found refuge in
assisted by the Revolutionary Guard. In September 2003, suspected
members of the group were arrested in
Kirkuk carrying 1,200
kilograms of TNT.
March 22, 2003,
an Australian journalist and cameraman who worked for ABC was killed
by an exploding taxi in Sayed Sadiq. His colleague was injured,
along with at least 8 others. Ansar al-Islam was believed to be
responsible for the attack. Other suicide attacks followed, such as
one against a US Department of Defense Office in Arbil. This took
September 9, 2003,
killing three people.
September 2002 Human Rights Watch encountered
evidence of abuse against civilians and political rivals being
carried out by Ansar al-Islam. Following their battles with PUK
members, captives were reported to have their throats slit.
February 20, 2003, the US State Department requested
that the UN Sanctions Committee add the name of Ansar al-Islam to
the list of associates of the Taliban, Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda.
Executive Order 13224) Ansar al-Islam was similarly
designated by the
February 20, 2003.
The UNSCR 1267 Committee designated the group on
February 27, 2003,
pursuant to UNSCRs 1267, 1390 and 1445.
In 2003, Ansar al-Islam was
developing a presence in
Italy and also
Germany in 2004 three suspected Ansar al-Islam
members apparently plotted to assassinate former Iraqi Prime
Minister Ayad Allawi during a state visit to the country. They are
still on trial in
July 9, 2007, a 36-year old Kurd with links to the
three suspects was jailed for five years in
Munich, convicted of
fund-raising for Ansar al-Islam. In
January 2006, an Iraqi Kurd who belonged to Ansar
al-Islam was jailed for seven years. He had tried to recruit young
to commit "jihad". In
December 2003, Radio
reported that about 100 Ansar al-Islam members were thought to live
mostly in the southern state of Beieren.
US in August,
2004, two individuals associated with the small Masjid as-Salam
New York, were
arrested. The two men were Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, a
pizzeria owner originally from
Yassin Aref was a refugee from Kurdish Iraq and imam at the mosque.
They had been caught in an FBI "sting" operation, where an FBI agent
was involved in a "plot" for the pair to purchase a missile launcher
to kill a Pakistani politician in
New York. On
October 11, 2006 the two men were found guilty on
several counts of federal conspiracy and money laundering.
Aref was sentenced to 15 years'
March 8, 2007 and Mohammed Hossain received a
similar sentence. Aref was
linked by his diary entries to Ansar al-Islam and its
founder Mullah Krekar.
Baltazar Garzon requested in
hand over Algerian Heidi Ben Youssef Boudhiba or "Fathi", a member
of Ansar al-Islam. He was said to be the leader of a cell of three
Algerians who had been jailed following accusations that they
recruited people for terrorism training camps in
As is usual for
legislature has been crippled by its 1998 Human Rights Act, Boudhiba
remains safe from prosecution in the
An offshoot of Ansar al-Islam, called Ansar al-Fatah (Partisans of
Victory) was apparently
Krekar's contempt for non-submissive women continued. When Shabahna
Rehman, a Norwegian comedienne of Pakistani origin, physically
picked him off the ground at a public event for a
"joke", he whined that he had been "grossly humiliated". He said
that the woman comic had touched his buttocks, and threatened to
sue. Rehman quipped that as he had threatened legal action rather
than a fatwa, he was displaying signs of civilized behavior.
Mullah Krekar claims that he
stopped being the leader of Ansar al-Islam in 2003. That has not
prevented him from being accused of involvement in other acts of
terrorism. He certainly supports terrorism, though whenever he is
caught praising terrorists, he issues denials. Despite his apparent
connections to Al Qaeda, Krekar has
claimed that he only met Bin Laden once, back in
1988. He encountered Bin Laden in
but said he did not know the identity of the "rich man from the
House of Saud".
December 2, 2003, Mullah Krekar appeared on Al
Jazeera TV. He offered no contradictions when he was introduced as
leader of Ansar al-Islam, and confirmed that his group had carried
out the suicide bombing in
March 22, 2003
which killed an Australian journalist. He gave a detailed account of
the circumstances of the bombing on the debate show.
He appears to have had involvement
with one individual who is accused (with others) of carrying out the
Madrid train bombings
March 11, 2004,
in which 191 people were killed. Terror finance expert Jean-Charles
Brisard claimed in
May 2004 that suspected bomber Jamal Zougam had
visited Krekar and his brother in
on several occasions between 1996 and 2001.
March 2004, Norwegian newspaper VG reported that
Spanish investigators had discovered Krekar's name and number in a
raid carried out in 2001 in
His brother Khalid Faraj Ahmad was also mentioned on the list, and
Barakat Yarkas, a Spanish Al Qaeda member. The 2001
raid had taken place on an apartment belonging to Syrian extremist
Mohamed Maher Halak (aka Cheij Maher) with known
links to suspected bomber Jamal Zougam. Maher was an Ansar al-Islam
Krekar's brother Khalid Faraj
suspected of trying to arrange visas for an al Qaeda
cell, which included Jamal Zougam in 1995.
In May 2004, Krekar was in custody
possible terrorism charges connected with his activities in
These charges were never brought, and he was released shortly
afterwards. He had been arrested on
December 31, 2003 on charges of complicity in two
suicide attacks in
A court ordered his release from jail on
January 5, 2004, but the following month he was
ordered to stay in police custody. At the time,
internet activity was being examined. On
June 15, 2004, charges against Krekar were officially
dropped as evidence from a "reliable" witness had apparently been
gleaned by PUK members using torture.
June 16, 2004, Krekar was convicted in absentia
by a military tribunal in
on charges of terrorism. He was among 15 men convicted. Six of these
were dead. Only one man appeared in court. Krekar was sentenced to
15 years' hard labor.
Jordan had not
sought Krekar's extradition from
in relation to this case, but it had wanted him for suspected
These accusations had earlier led
to Krekar being arrested by the Dutch authorities when he was on
another of his plane-hopping ventures. He was arrested at
2002 and was kept in detention. Even though his travel
documents had been officially taken from him, on
August 2, 2002 Krekar had walked into an
Oslo police station and
used his real name, Ahmad Najumuddin Faraj, to renew his documents.
authorities did not acknowledge
extradition request and deported Krekar to
January 13, 2003.
In February, 2003, Krekar
considered applying for asylum status in the
A month after his return to
arrested by police, who feared he would flee the
country. He was released shortly afterwards.
Krekar made the most of his Dutch
experience. He took the Dutch government to court. In August 2003 he
received 5,510 Euros ($7,300) compensation for his "illegal
detention", but Dutch lawyer Victor Koppe claimed that this amount
was insufficient for Krekar's "Scandalous" treatment. On
April 21, 2004, Krekar was awarded 45,000 Euros
Krekar decided to sue the head of
Progress Party, Carl I. Hagen. In October 2003, the politician had
called Krekar a terrorist and guerilla leader on
Hagen refused to retract
his comments, and in
December 11, 2003 the pair met in court.
Hagen's lawyer argued
that as Krekar had called President George W. Bush a "terrorist"
with impunity, his client should benefit from the same privilege.
"As a military and religious leader, Krekar must tolerate such
things," the lawyer said. Krekar lost this case, and in
January 2004 he was ordered to pay $28,500 in court
The Mad Mullah's Mindset
As is typical with religious
fanatics, Krekar on one hand boasts about his ideological
superiority, and on the other hand complains of victimization. In
April 2003, he claimed that a Kurdish assassin had
for the sole purpose of murdering him. The "assassin" has proved to
be either extremely incompetent, or fictitious.
August 31 2005,
he appeared on Al Jazeera TV. He
claimed he would face torture and a death sentence if
and said that "everyone must know" that such a move "is an offense
that shouldn't be made without punishment." He stated "I have faith
in Allah. I defend my rights in their court just like Western people
defend their rights. I am patient like they are patient. But if my
patience runs out, I will react like Orientals do." He would not be
pressed to reveal what reactions would be made, saying "I don't want
to comment on that."
Krekar gave an interview to Dagbladet newspaper. He boasted
that Islam would conquer the West:"We have no fear of the
Western mindset. It can never be victorious. In
the two sides are facing each other. On the side of Islam are men
who love death and are willing to become martyrs for their beliefs.
On the other side are soldiers who fight for a 1000 dollars a day.
The number of dead American soldiers are proof of defeats. In
the same thing is happening. From 2001 to 2004 five suicide attacks
occured. In 2005 it was 17. While the
and their allies are becoming smaller, Islam is expanding the front.
And the reports from
Guantanamo tell the same
story. There they try to rip the faith our of the Moslems' hearts.
They fail. In
they printed those cartoons, but the result is that the backing for
Islam increases. I and all Moslems are proof of this. You haven't
managed to change us. We are the ones who will change you."
After the head-sawing Al Qaeda
terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi left
to meet his Heavenly virgins on
June 8, 2006, Krekar praised the Jordanian-born
told the Kurdish newspaper Awene: "I am
proud of what he has done and that he has become a martyr." Krekar
called bin Laden an "international political figure with global
influence," and said he would be prepared to sacrifice himself for
the Al Qaeda chief. He again whined about how he was a victim: "All
my rights have been taken, and here it is the law that decides". To
Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet he said: "I hope to be free
to travel home to
to fight the Americans, because they came to my country with
soldiers and have destroyed my religion, my civilization, my culture
and my country."
In a ploy typical of Islamists who
have contempt for Jews but liken their own imagined plight to Jews,
Krekar has compared his ambitions for Kurdistan as similar to those
said in June 2005 that he was a victim of religious
persecution, adding: "I perceive this as being due to my faith.
Sixty years ago it was the Jews in this situation, 27 years ago it
was the Shia Muslims. Today they all have power in their countries."
July 2006 Krekar's lawyer Brynjar Meling claimed that
Krekar was scared of being kidnapped by the CIA and sent to the
Meling said that Krekar avoided being alone and had requested police
protection in 2003. In the
same month, a message appeared on a website with
suspected Al Qaeda links. The message urged "Europe's mujahedin
warriors" to protect Krekar, because of rumors that Egyptians might
seek revenge for Ansar al-Islam's kidnap and murder of the Egyptian
7, 2006, the US Department of the Treasury designated
Mullah Krekar as a terrorist. Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism
and Financial Intelligence Stuart Levey said: "he civilized world
must stand united in isolating these terrorists."
Krekar is currently in the Supreme
Oslo, while his lawyer argues that he
should not be deported to
Earlier this month, it was
revealed that Krekar runs several websites from his
Oslo. One of these is
Dorbeen.com an Islamist website with links to
sympathizers of Al Qaeda. Dorbeen.com praises the deaths of US
citizens. In September this year, Krekar told a court in
Oslo that he "in the name
of God, did not know" who ran the website. It turns out that his
wife officially "owns" the site, as it is registered in her name.
Tuesday this week, Krekar's appeal against
deportation began. He said that he wished to remain in
but admits that if he had his passport he would be engaged in "some
war or other and been killed by the Americans". He laughed after he
said this. He refused to answer press questions posed to him in
Norwegian or English, choosing only to speak in Arabic, Kurdish or
Farsi. He also demanded an
for his “poor” treatment.
Krekar has been treated far better
than his thugs ever treated his opponents in the PUK or local women
in Biyarah. But for this ingrate, who is fed and clothed at the
tax-payers, justice is never reciprocal. He and his lawyer know only
too well that Krekar will remain in
for a long time to come, no matter what the Supreme Court decides