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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 www.crisisweb.org. 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 _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk