Terrorism For Export27.03.2012 | 18:11
Today, Oslo City Court sentenced the influential Iraqi Salafi Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, better known as Mullah Krekar. "Krekar" in Kurdish means "builder". Faraj Ahmad, a native of Iraqi city of Khalaj, at one time was activist of the Kurdish liberation movement in Iraq. After he got disappointed with the ideas of Ocalan, the Kurd Ahmad joined the Wahhabis. His organization "Ansar al-Islam" is charged in direct connection with the "al-Qaeda".
Norwegian Themis has managed to sentence Mullah Krekar to five years in prison and fine of 100,000 Norwegian kroner for the repeated threats against the Norwegian politicians. The convict has the right to appeal, bail and other preferences of European democracy. But his organization "Ansar al-Islam" is not beheaded. Moreover, its bloody path may continue.
Member of the Academy of Military Science of the Russian Federation and director of the Center for Military Forecasting Anatoly Tsyganok told GTimes about the prospects of "Ansar al-Islam" and similar Iraqi groups. The expert believes that the Kurdish Islamists will become the proverbial "Kurdish match" for the whole world, mentioned by Ronald Reagan once.
How strong the radical Islamists in Iraqi Kurdistan are?
The positions of Islamists such as "Ansar al-Islam" are very strong now in Iraq. Confrontation between Sunnis and Shias is now extending not only to the Middle East, but also to the Islamic diaspora in Europe. Europe is now trying to find out: whether Muslim immigrants, who settled in Europe, have been involved in terrorist acts, such as events in Toulouse. For Europe, especially for France, this is now the most important issue. No coincidence that President Sarkozy demanded limiting the stay of foreigners on French soil. There is another interesting point. Iran has repeatedly warned: in case of military solution of Iranian nuclear issue, Tehran would not only resist the enemy's intervention, but would blow up Europe. In event of armed confrontation, Baghdad would use force. Terrorist groups, like "al-Ansar", "al-Qaeda" and others would strike on strategic ammunition depots, located in Europe. This is a very serious warning.
Krekar said once that the Kurdish Muslim clergy "generally had no disagreement with him." Is it truth?
Saying that the Iraqi Kurds have no disagreement with him, Mullah Krekar was telling the truth. The Middle East is now in a state of imminent explosion. In event of military solution of Syrian issue, as well as Iraqi issue, the Kurds in the Middle East may rise. Kurdish armed struggle will be a problem for Turkey, Iraq, and Syria.
We need to clearly understand the following. Kurdish population in the Middle East amounts from 50 to 60 million people. The Kurds in the Middle East still lack their own territory. The problem of Kurdish self-determination is sometimes compared with the problem of the Palestinian Arabs. But the case with the Kurds is very different. The level of bellicosity of Kurds in the Middle East is ten times higher than the level of bellicosity of the Arabs in Palestine. It is possible that the Kurds in the Middle East can go after the Salafis like Molla Krekar. It all depends on the future attitude of the western countries and the USA toward the Kurds. I think that the West will not go to the military intervention into Iraq, and even won't bomb Iran.