Mullah Krekar Behind Bars

July 12

The ever controversial Mullah Krekar, one of the founders and original leader of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam, has been confirmed indicted for threats made last summer against the head of Norway’s Conservative Party (Høyre), Erna Solberg. The threats were made during a press conference for international media in June last year, where Krekar said that if he was killed after being forcibly sent out of Norway, the person responsible for his expulsion would also be killed. Solberg was specifically named.

Siv Jensen, of the far right-wing Fremskrittspartiet, who originally reported Krekar for the threats against Solberg, says she hopes he will be convicted this time. Krekar answers he has three main enemies, the Norwegian right, Norwegian Intelligence, and Norwegian Media.

Controversial Muslim leader Mulla Krekar attacked

Controversial Muslim leader Mulla Krekar was attacked this week. Shots rang through a window to Krekar’s appartment in Oslo, injuring his son-in-law in the arm.

Mulla Krekar, or Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, is an Iraqi Kurd and has been living in Norway since 1991. He has not been granted Norwegian citizenship. Krekar is known as one of the founders and the original leader of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam. Since 2006 he has been on the UN terror list.

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) is suspected to be behind the attack. But some also speculate about Islamophobic forces in Norway as possible perpetrators. The Norwegian Secret Police (PST) were criticized for not being able to protect Krekar.