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[casi] ICG report on Iraq and Ansar al-Islam

The International Crisis group, a political advocacy NGO, has released a
report on the activities of Ansar al-Islam in Kurdish northern Iraq, and its
alleged links with the Baghdad govt.

One of their conclusions is-

 "This is a region outside Baghdad's control and we see no evidence that
Ansar has a strategic alliance with Saddam Hussein. There is no question
that the group has brought misery to many people in the area it controls,
but it is highly unlikely that Ansar al-Islam is anything more than a minor
irritant in local Kurdish politics".

For the full report, check The website also has an
interesting op-ed piece from Gareth Evans, the ICG president and former
foreign minister of Australia, looking at the legality of a state launching
a pre-emptive invasion.

Peter Kiernan

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