TITLE

Second Front

AUTHOR(S)
Rubin, Elizabeth
PUB. DATE
April 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;4/7/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 13, p20
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Presents a dispatch on the Iraqi War from Sulaymaniya, Kurdistan. Just days after United States soldiers began battling the Iraqi army across the country's southern deserts and ports, they opened a new front here in the north against this comparatively small Islamic group tucked into a few mountain villages next to Iran. It's a tiny war, but one apparently significant enough in the war on terror to warrant 50 cruise missiles and American Special Forces. And it fits into the preemptive-strike ideology as laid out in the National Security Strategy document of 2002. Kurdish and American officials have long claimed that members of Ansar Al Islam established ties with Osama bin Laden as early as 1994 and that they created an Al Qaeda cell within the more moderate Islamic groups in northern Iraq, receiving financing from bin Laden and training in the Afghan camps. There are many battles waged here between Iraqis and Iranians, Kurds and Iraqis, Kurds and Kurds, secularists and Islamists. The story of the current Islamist presence in northern Iraq begins in 1986, in Halabja, with five brothers led by the eldest, Sheik Osman.
ACCESSION #
9397472

 

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