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Mullah denies Iraq al-Qaeda link

The leader of a radical Islamic group based in northern Iraq has denied United States allegations that his group provides a possible link between President Saddam Hussein and the al-Qaeda network. Speaking to the BBC in Norway where he has refugee status, Mullah Krekar, who is an Iraqi Kurd, said he was opposed to the Iraqi leader and that his group had no links with al-Qaeda. Ansar al-Islam is a small, but radical, Islamic organisation which operates from a string of villages it controls in Kurdish-administered northern Iraq, close to the Iranian border. The US Government says its preparing to unveil new evidence which, it says, links Iraq to al-Qaeda. Ansar al-Islam is a violent group which has denounced the secular nature of Iraqi Kurdish society. Full Story

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